APC divided as A’Court returns pro-Wike lawmakers to Assembly

Written by on July 5, 2024

The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, on Thursday, dismissed the ex parte order issued on May 10, 2024, by the Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt, which barred Martin Amaewhule from parading himself as the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The court also dismissed the decision of the state high court stopping the 24 members of the Assembly loyal to ex-Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, from accessing the complex or carrying out any legislative assignment in the name of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

A three-man panel led by Justice Jimi Olukayode-Bada, in its judgment, upheld the appeal filed by a factional Speaker of the River State House of Assembly, Amaewhule, and 24 others against the Speaker, Victor Oko-Jumbo, and two others.

The state high court had barred the pro-Wike lawmakers from the Assembly based on a suit seeking to declare their seats vacant on the basis that they defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

The Rivers State House of Assembly has been polarised since 2023 following the feud between Fubara and, Wike.

While  Amaewhule led pro-Wike lawmakers, Edison Ehie, emerged as a factional Speaker, leading pro-Fubara lawmakers.

In December 2023, the pro-Wike lawmakers defected from the PDP to the APC.

Ehie later resigned as a lawmaker and was appointed as Fubara’s Chief of Staff.

In May 2024, the lawmaker representing Bonny Constituency, Oko Jumbo, was elected the Speaker.

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