Court restraints Rivers assembly from impeaching Gov Fubara

Wike and Fubara
Wike and Fubara
Court restraints Rivers assembly from impeaching Gov Fubara

A Rivers High Court in Isiokpo Division in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, on Wednesday, issued an interim injunction prohibiting the Rivers House of Assembly and Speaker, Martin Amaewhule from proceeding with the impeachment of Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

Governor Fubara had earlier on Wednesday filed the application ex parte through his attorney, Damian Okoro (SAN).

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The restraining order was also served to the Deputy Speaker, Dumle Maol; the Clerk of the House and the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi.

Following a lawsuit filed against the defendants, Presiding Judge Justice Ben Whyte issued an order directing the parties to maintain the status quo while the motion on notice was decided.

But the motion on notice was then postponed until November 14, 2023.

Political crisis between the immediate past governor of Rivers State and the incumbent governor has erupted leading to tension in the state earlier this week precipitating impeachment proceedings against Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Making the move on Monday, 24 of the 32 assembly members at the plenary signed the impeachment notice and ordered its clerk to serve it to the governor.

The assembly members led by Speaker Martin Amaewhule, who are said to be allies of the immediate past governor and now minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, had earlier suspended the majority leader, Ehie Edison, who reportedly blocked the impeachment moves.

The actions unfolded during an unplanned session convened by the lawmakers on Monday morning between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The plenary proceedings were unusually conducted in secrecy, with reporters prevented from attending.

However, Mr Fubara, in an address to his supporters at the assembly complex, challenged the lawmakers to “come out and tell Rivers people the offence I have committed to warrant any impeachment, adding, “At the appropriate time, I will address the press.”

Mr Fubara’s offence, which necessitated the impeachment proceeding, is yet to be disclosed by the assembly.

The developments came after Sunday night’s partial burning of the assembly complex. However, it is unclear if the crisis in the state is connected with the rumoured political rift between Messrs Fubara and Wike.

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