Wike vs Fubara: Tinubu Knocked Over Unconstitutional Roles

Wike vs Fubara: Tinubu Knocked Over Unconstitutional Roles

  • President Bola Tinubu has been knocked for reinstating the 27 lawmakers who dumped the PDP for the APC in the Rivers state house of assembly
  • Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and SAN, said the president's action was alien to Nigeria's constitution
  • Falane said the INEC has the constitutional mandate to conduct by-elections for the seats of the lawmakers earlier declared vacant by the constitutionally recognised speaker of the house

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Port Harcourt, Rivers - President Bola Tinubu has received more knocks than praise in his intervention in the political crisis rocking Rivers state as the rift between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, went deeper.

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Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights lawyer, said reinstating the 27 lawmakers who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) by Tinubu, was alien to Nigeria's constitution, Guardian reported.

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Falana kicks as Tinubu mediates in constitutional crisis in Rivers, Ondo Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nyesom Wike, Siminalayi Fubara
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In his reaction to the eight-point resolutions agreed upon by the president and the stakeholders in Rivers, Falana maintained that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is mandated to conduct the by-election once the Federal High Court issued the ex parte order.

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Tinubu has no constitutional role to mediate in Rivers, Ondo - Falana

According to Falana, President Tinubu has no constitutional role in solving the political crisis in Ondo and Rivers states.

He maintained that the former governor of Lagos state could intervene in the situation affecting the states, but emphasised his move must adhere to the confines of the constitution and be advisory.

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The senior advocate stood on the ground that the seat of the decamping lawmakers had been declared vacant by the constitutionally recognised speaker.

Buttressing his point, he cited the case of Abegunde v Labour Party (2015) LPELR 24588 (SC).

In the suit above, the Supreme Court held that a legislator who dumped the political party that sponsored him and joined another party automatically lost his seat in the parliament.

"No price will be too big to pay": Fubara opens up after deals with Wike

Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Fubara said nothing is big enough to be sacrificed for the state's peace.

Speaking at the 3rd Convocation and 6th Founders Day ceremonies of the PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Fubara cited the quest for peace for signing his latest deals.

On Monday, Fubara met with Wike and other Rivers stakeholders at a meeting convened by Tinubu and peace deals were made.

Source: Legit.ng

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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Legit.ng. Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: bada.yusuf.amoo@corp.legit.ng or call 08161717844

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