Just In: Drama as Court Stops 27 Lawmakers Loyal to Wike from Sitting in Rivers House of Assembly

Dec 13, 2023 | Entertainment, News

  • Nyesom Wike, FCT Minister’s loyalists in the Rivers state House of Assembly have been barred from accessing the assembly complex by the state high court
  • The court stopped the 27 lawmakers following the directive of Governor Siminalayi Fubara that the assembly complex was under renovation
  • Edison Ehie, the speaker of the House loyal to Governor Fubara, was also ordered to take charge of the house, pending the determination of the motion before the court

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Port HarcourtThe Rivers State High Court has ordered the 27 lawmakers who joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, December 11 and loyal to Nyesom Wike, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister and former governor of the state, from using the assembly premises.

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According to The Punch, the court decision followed a directive of Governor Siminalayi Fubara that the assembly complex was under renovation.

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Court stopped Wike’s loyalists from going to Rivers state house of assembly
Photo Credit: Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
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Court orders Fubara’s loyalist to take charge of Rivers state house of assembly

The court also asked the factional speaker loyal to the governor, Edison Ehie, to preside over the activities of the house until the determination of the motion before it.

In an ex-perte motion filed in suit No. PHC/3030/CS/2023, Justice M.W Danagogo of the High Court gave the order on Tuesday, December 12.

In the suit, the first and second claimants are the Rivers State House of Assembly and Ehie, while the defendants are Martin Amaewhule and the deputy speaker, Dumle Maol.

Fubara’s loyalist asks the court to bar lawmakers loyal to Wike from coming to the House of Assembly

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In the suit prepared by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ehie prayed to the court to stop Amaewhule and his camp loyal to Wike from accessing the state assembly complex until the burnt area of the chamber was fully renovated.

Ehie also asked the court to declare him as the authentic speaker of the house under the matter before it was decided and urged the court to stop Amaewhule from parading himself as the speaker of the House.

The trial court then granted the prayer of Ehie and urged Amaewhule and 26 others from using the assembly complex. The court also threatened that Ehie would pay an N50m fine if the application were frivolous.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that the high court in Port Harcourt had settled the speakership tussle in the Rivers State House of Assembly.

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On Tuesday, December 12, the trial court confirmed Edison Ehie, one of the five lawmakers loyal to Governor Fubara.

This is coming as 27 of the 32 lawmakers loyal to former governor Wike dumped the PDP and joined the APC.

Source: Legit.ng

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