By Jide Dominic, Yenagoa
Following the dramatic emergence of Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah as the new Bayelsa state House of Assembly Speaker, political pundits across the state have expressed mixed feelings over the choice of the new Speaker.
This is particularly coming on the heels of the state's gubernatorial elections slated for 16th November, 2019.
Some Bayelsans from the Central Senatorial District, particularly, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of the state are arguing that the choice of the new Speaker would negatively affect the chances of the local government area from clinching the governorship seat as the new Speaker hails from the area.
A stalwart of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Imomotimi Ebiowei told National Guide that the emergence of Rt. Hon. Isenah is a calculated attempt to dissuade aspirants who are from the Kolokuma/Opopkuma local government area from contesting the governorship election which is fast approaching.
He argued that since the creation of the state, Kolokuma/Opokuma which is part of the Central Senatorial District has not produced the state governor, stressing that the district comprises of three local government areas which are Southern Ijaw, Yenagoa and Kolokuma/Opokuma.
In his words 'Only Southern Ijaw has produced the governor of the state from the senatorial district. Now that the new Speaker is from Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area, it is logical to conclude that the next governor cannot come from the same local government area with the Speaker'
In the same vein, another PDP chieftain Andrew Alagoa hail the action of the 24 member House to elect the new Speaker, hinging his reasons on the fact that Yenagoa local government area now stands a better chance of producing the next governor of the state.
He posited that Yenagoa which is the state capital and as a local government area has also not produced the governor of the state, adding that this has affected the socio-economic development of the capital city as basic infrastructures that are supposed to be cited in Yenagoa were taken to other local government areas where the governors that have ruled that state came from.
Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah, in his inaugural speech promised to corporate with other arms of government to move the state forward.