Crisis in Rivers Parliament: ``Stay status quo, cancel seats'' - court orders rival parties

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has issued an order asking the two factions of the Rivers State House of Assembly to maintain status quo and halt further deliberations pending the judgment of the court.

DAILY POST reports that the Rivers State House of Assembly is facing a leadership crisis following disagreements arising from the attempted impeachment of Governor Siminarayi Hubala by the former leadership of the House of Representatives, which led to the removal of the former Speaker. I am reminiscing about what led to this. Ehie Edison was elected in his place.

Edison filed suit number FHC/PH/CS/240/2023 at the Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Phoebe Ayua, asking the court to prevent Ameifure and other members from presiding over the activities of the legislative branch. I was praying. of the state.

This notice was filed along with the main suit by the new Speaker and the House of Representatives.

The parties listed in the lawsuit are a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly as the first plaintiff, Mr. Ehie Ogerenye Edison (Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly) as the second plaintiff, and Mr. Martins Chike Amauful (former speaker) as the defendant. , Mr. Damle. Mr. Maoru (former Vice Chairman), Inspector-General of Police, Director-General, National Security Agency, Rivers State, Commissioner of Police, Rivers State.

In his judgment on the motion filed, Justice Ayua ordered that none of the parties on record should do anything in the matter as all parties are expected to respect the court.

This command reads as follows: “An order has been passed directing the petitioner/applicant to immediately notify the respondent.

“However, since this matter is already before this court, the House of Representatives, pending hearing and determination of the motion, all parties on record should respect the court and take no action on the subject matter. There is an order that there is no such thing,” upon notification. ”

In this case, the new Speaker and the House itself declare, among other things, that the former Speaker and former delegates who have been removed and suspended from the House have no right to participate, interfere, intervene, or interfere. I asked for The conduct of the legislative process of the House of Representatives and the legislative duties of the new Speaker in accordance with Articles 90 to 104 of the Nigerian Constitution.

They also sought an order restraining two former principal officers of the House from interfering with the functioning of or participating in Parliament.

After entering the order, the court set a date for the hearing on November 27.


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