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Rivers Crisis: Court Appoints Ehie, To Preside Over Assembly Proceedings Till Case Is Settled

Court Orders Fubara’s Loyalist, Ehie, To Preside Over Assembly Proceedings

A Rivers State court in Port Harcourt has ordered the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie who is in alignment with Governor Fubari to lead the state legislature until a court case is decided.

Judge Danagogo made the ruling in a suit where the legislature and the Speaker seek to bar another Speaker and his deputy from entering the assembly building while it’s being repaired after a fire.

The Speaker who supports Fubari wants the court to tell the other Speaker and his followers to stay out of the assembly until the burned chamber is fixed. He also wants the court to declare him the rightful leader of the legislature until the case is settled, and to stop the other Speaker from acting as such.

The court granted the Speaker’s requests for now, telling the other Speaker and his group to stop using the assembly building as ordered by Governor Fubari. The ruling warned that the Speaker supporting Fubari would have to pay a penalty if his request turns out to be false, and instructed him to serve the court order and other documents on the other side by December 13th, 2023….[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>

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The court allowed the Speaker supporting Fubari to serve the documents in different ways, such as publishing them in two national newspapers or posting them at the other Speaker’s last known address. The court hearing was postponed to December 21st.

The court specifically ordered the other side to stop using armed thugs and police in riot gear to enter the assembly building, which was damaged by a fire in October 2023. It also ordered them to stop interfering with the legislature’s operations while the building is being repaired.

The head of the APC in Rivers state claims the court order is meant to intimidate the 27 members of the PDP who recently switched to the APC. He said the party may file a complaint with the judicial council about what he calls unfair temporary orders. He added that the council has punished judges in the past for breaking rules about such orders, and that the party will ask them to investigate this case….[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>

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“We wish to intimate Nigerians of the recent judgement in Rivers State. Today Rivers State people woke up to hear about the judgement the Rivers State high court granted with impunity; an experte order to one Hon. Edision Ehie recognizing him as Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly.

“It would be recalled that the same Hon. Edision had approached a federal high court in Rivers State seeking to be declared as the Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly in the case argument has been taken and judgement reserved for January, 2024.

“Surprisingly, today (Tuesday) on the same subject matter, Justice Danagogo granted an experte order purporting to recognize Hon. Edision as Speaker of the State House of Assembly. This is a fragrant abuse of court processes.

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“The judge claimed that the case which was filed by Edision on the 30th of October, 2023 and assigned to him in the first of November, 2023 for all this length of time. If the subject matter was urgent, why did the judge wait till today, December 12, to declare an experte?

“It’s in public glare the 27 Assembly members who were elected under the PDP platform crossed over to the APC citing irreconcilable differences in the PDP – a move supported by Section 109 of the Constitution of Nigeria. The defectors were received by APC Rivers yesterday (Monday). It’s because of the defection that brought about the court order from Justice Danagogo

“The judge has contravened the NJC order on frivorious experte orders and has sanctioned judges that defiled the orders. He said the reason for the judgement is to allow Governor Fubara present his budget to the Assembly.”…[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>

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