BREAKING: Lawmakers Elect New Speaker in Rivers State, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Lawmakers Elect New Speaker in Rivers State, Details Emerge

  • About 26 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have suspended the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaehwule
  • Also, the House elected and inaugurated the leader of the House, Edison Ehie, as its new Speaker
  • The number of pro-Simi Fubara lawmakers increased to 26 after some realigned from the earlier 24 that wanted to impeach him

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria

Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Members of the Rivers House of Assembly loyal to the embattled state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, have elected a new speaker, Ehie Edison.

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Edison Ehie becomes the new 'Speaker' of Rivers State House of Assembly. Photos credit: Sir Siminalayi Fubara
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Edison emerges 'Speaker' Rivers Assembly

Edison, who was earlier suspended as the majority leader of the House by the anti-Fubara lawmakers, was elected the speaker after a sitting held in Government House, The Nation reported on Monday, October 30.

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According to The Punch, 26 members of the House sat and elected Edison as the new Speaker.

Reacting to the development, Governor Fubara swiftly congratulated his key ally.

The Rivers governor wrote on his verified X (formerly known as Twitter) page:

"Congratulations Mr. Speaker."

Rivers Assembly leader's removal causes commotion

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a crisis engulfed the Rivers State House of Assembly amid rumours of an impending impeachment procedure against Fubara.

The state lawmakers, on Monday, October 30, removed its leader, Edison Ehie.

Several lawmakers allegedly want Fubara removed

Legit.ng also reported that the Rivers House of Assembly commenced impeachment proceedings against the state governor, Fubara.

A report on Monday, October 30, by Television Continental (TVC) noted this development.

The move comes less than 24 hours after the partially burning of the State House of Assembly complex by hoodlums.

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Fubara: 'Constitutional crisis looms in Rivers', lawyer

Legit.ng also reported that constitutional lawyer, Barrister Festus Ogun, said the Rivers state House of Assembly cannot remove Governor Fubara on Monday, October 30.

Ogun who said this via his known X (formerly Twitter) handle said he foresees a constitutional crisis happening in Rivers state. According to the legal practitioner, Governor Fubara cannot even be suspended “pending the process of impeachment”.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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