The Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Konbowei Benson has described reports which claimed that he resigned from office, as “untrue and a lie of the highest order,” stating that he still remains the speaker.
The speaker also refuted claims that an Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, had on December 9, 2015, nullified his election into the state Assembly.
Benson, who said this on Thursday while addressing members of the press, insisted that he was not only still the Speaker of Bayelsa Assembly, but also the member representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 4.
According to him, the said judgment was delivered in his favour and there was no enrolment order from the court asking him to vacate his seat.
He further noted that he had sufficient proofs to that effect.
He said, “INEC has not informed me of any notice of enrolment or whatever that they have also received. There is nothing.”
“The falsehood being circulated in the social, electronic and print media by members of the APC should be disregarded as it represents the desperate ambition and interest of only the peddlers of this falsehood.
“What transpired in the open court was that the case was dismissed for lack of merit by the presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ejembi Eko represented by Justice Muhammed Garba.
“This judgment was delivered in the presence of several lawyers, including my lawyers, lawyers of INEC, that of the APC and several others who were in the court for other matters on December 9, 2015.
“Therefore, a judgment delivered in the open court could not have been given a counter judgment secretly and handed over only to the lawyers of the APC who are in possession of this purported judgment.”