Fubara Outsmarts Wike As Court Rules Against Tenure Elongation for Rivers LGA Chairmen

Fubara Outsmarts Wike As Court Rules Against Tenure Elongation for Rivers LGA Chairmen

  • Top government officials who are close to Nyesom Wike but working in the Rivers government have been faced with a major setback
  • This is as the court, on Tuesday, delivered judgement against local government chairmen led by Martins Amaewhule-led House of Assembly, loyalists of Wike
  • As the rift between Governor Fubara and FCT minister Wike worsens, the court declared that the six-month tenure elongation for Rivers LG chairmen conflicts with the state's LG law, making it invalid

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

On Tuesday, May 21, the Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt division, declared the six-month tenure elongation of the state’s local government executive chairmen by the Martins Amaewhule-led House of Assembly as null and void, unconstitutional and of no effect.

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Court rules in favour of Fubara, cancels tenure elongation for Rivers LGA chairmen who are Wike's loyalists
LGA men loyal to Wike have suffered setback as the court ruled against their tenure elongation. Photo credit: Nyesom Ezenwo Wike - CON, GSSRS, Sir Siminalayi Fubara
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Rivers LGA: The court moved against tenure elongation

As reported by The Nation, the court further declared the Local Government Law No.2 of 2024, whose provisions extended the tenure of local government chairmen as invalid.

The court held that the law was inconsistent with the 1999 constitution and section 9 (1) of Rivers State Law No. 5 of 2018 which fixed three-year tenure for local government chairmen and councilors.

The court delivered its judgement in a case filed by Enyiada Cookey-Gam & 6 Ors vs. The Governor of Rivers State & Ors.

The presiding judge, Justice, D.G. Kio, in his judgement, declared that Local Government Law No. 2 of 2024, which extended the chairmen’s terms by six months was in conflict with the 1999 Constitution and Section 9(1) of Rivers State Local Government Law No. 5 of 2018.

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The Martins Amaewhule-led LGA chairmen

Meanwhile, the Martins Amaewhule-led house of assembly consists of lawmakers who are loyal to Nyesom Wike, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The aggrieved lawmakers are at loggerheads with Fubara and have pledged their loyalty to Wike, amid his rift with Rivers state governor.

The LGA chairmen are loyalists of Martins Amaewhule and they follow his directives that are against Fubara's government.

Fubara replaces commissioners who dumped his cabinet

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the faction of the Rivers state House of Assembly loyal to Governor Similanayi Fubara had invited some nominees for screening.

The nominees were invited to appear before the assembly led by Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo. Legit.ng reported that five commissioners loyal to the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, resigned from Fubara's cabinet on Wednesday, May 15, citing various reasons.

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However, on Tuesday, a letter was reportedly sent out, and eight nominees were invited for screening as commissioners.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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