The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Emmanuel Isenah, has been impeached, the Nation reports.
The newspaper said Mr Isenah has been replaced with a lawmaker representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2, Monday Obolo.
There are reports of shooting around the assembly premises.
The Nation quoted Ranami Afagha, a media aide to the impeached speaker, as saying that his removal would not stand because, according to him, it did not follow the assembly’s standing rule.
“Those who don’t want peace said they removed (the) speaker without the presence of the mace. The mace was taken away so any activity done without the mace is illegal. So, my boss still remains the Speaker,” the paper quoted Mr Afagha as having said.
Mr Isenah, who is from the same Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area with Douye Diri, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been under pressure to resign as the speaker so that his party can spread political offices to the advantage of the party in the forthcoming elections.
But he had rebuffed the pressure.
The Bayelsa governorship election holds on November 16.