BREAKING: Rivers Ex-governor Who is Atiku's Ally Derecognised, Ordered to Refund N96.5m Pension

BREAKING: Rivers Ex-governor Who is Atiku's Ally Derecognised, Ordered to Refund N96.5m Pension

  • A former governor of Rivers, Celestine Omehia, was on Thursday, October 6, ordered by the state's House of Assembly to refund the pension he has received so far
  • This order was given by the Assembly after all its members derecognised Omehia as a former governor of the state
  • Omehia, known to be an ally of PDP's Atiku Abubakar, is to refund the state N96.5m as pension and N600m as benefits

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Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Rivers Assembly has withdrawn its recognition of Celestine Omehia as a former governor of the state.

All 21 members present during a plenary on Thursday, October 6, voted in support of the motion to delist Omehia.

The House also resolved to forward their resolution to Governor Nyesom Wike for implementation, The Nation reports.

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Ex-governor Omehia
Omehia is to refund the Rivers state government the pension and benefits he has received since he became a former governor (Photo: @Woye1)
Source: Twitter

As stated in a report by ThisDay, the Rivers state legislature has also ordered Omehia to refund the N96.5 million pension he has received so far and about N600 million benefits that had accrued to him.

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Omehia will, therefore, be removed from the list of former governors in the state and in Nigeria as a whole.

Sworn in as governor in 2007 before he was sacked by the court, Omehia is known as one of the allies of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Meanwhile, the internal crisis rocking the Rivers state chapter of the PDP had taken a fresh dimension.

This time around, the Chief of Staff to the state governor, Emeka Woke and Senator Lee Maeba, exchanged words over the alleged threat to life.

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Maeba had, on Saturday, alleged that a meeting was held at Government House, Port Harcourt, to clamp down on him and others.

Wike's man debunks the allegation

But Woke debunked the allegation, on Sunday, September 4, describing Maeba’s claim as a spurious tale concocted by a deranged mind.

Maeba, who represented Rivers East District in the House of Representatives, recently fell out with Wike following his support for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who is at loggerheads with the Rivers governor.


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