In a dramatic twist to the dance of the bizarre that politics has become in Rivers State, the former Speaker of the Rivers State of House Assembly, Mr. Ibani Ikuinyi-Owaji, who resigned from office a year ago on December 18, 2015 under controversial circumstances, have reemerged as the Speaker of the volatile Assembly.
Ikuinyi-Owaji’s predecessor who had succeeded him following his (Ikuinyi-Owaji) resignation in 2015, Adams Dabotorudima, announced his own resignation during a sitting of the House on Friday (today) after the swearing-in of the 12 lawmakers who won the December 10 legislative rerun in the state.
The new Speaker, Ibani Ikuinyi-Owaji, was immediately elected in an exercise that was conducted by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Marshal Uwom.
It may be recalled that Ikuinyi-Owaji resigned as Speaker on December 18, 2015 after Governor Nyesom Wike had presented the 2016 budget before the House.