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Why Court Barred 25 Lawmakers From Performing Legislative Duties In Rivers State Assembly

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Why Court Barred 25 Lawmakers From Performing Legislative Duties In Rivers State Assembly 

 

Afor Kenneth

The Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has issued an interim injunction barring Martin Amaewhule, along with 24 other members, from assuming legislative roles in the state House of Assembly.

Overtnews reports that the lawmakers are prohibited from convening or participating in any official gatherings at the Assembly premises. This decision follows an ex parte order filed against them by Victor Oko Jumbo and three others.

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The injunction declares the seats of the 1st to 25th defendants vacant pending further legal proceedings. Additionally, Governor Fubara and the chief judge are restrained from interacting with Amaewhule and his group.

The court’s action is as a result of the defendants’ defection from the PDP to the APC on December 13, 2023. Amaewhule and his associates are directed to surrender all official documents within seven days, with the case adjourned until May 29 for a motion on notice.

The Rivers State House of Assembly has been in turmoil since last year, divided between factions loyal to Governor Wike and Governor Fubara.

In December, the crisis intensified when 27 members led by Amaewhule switched allegiance from the PDP to the APC. Amaewhule was leading the faction aligned with Wike, while Edison Ehie led those loyal to Fubara.

However, following Ehie’s resignation, members aligned with Fubara elected Victor Oko-Jumbo as their new speaker, urging the executive, judiciary, and the public to disregard any legislation from the Amaewhule-led Assembly.

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