BREAKING: Fubara Loses as Rivers Court Validates 27 Pro-Wike Lawmakers’ Seats

BREAKING: Fubara Loses as Rivers Court Validates 27 Pro-Wike Lawmakers’ Seats

  • Recently, Governor Siminalayi Fubara declared that the 27 lawmakers who defected to APC don't exist
  • Fubara made this statement as the lawmakers pledged loyalty to the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, further worsening the crisis in the state
  • While the leadership of the PDP has insisted that the defected lawmakers are no longer its members, a Rivers state high court in Port Harcourt on Monday, June 10, ruled otherwise journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

A Rivers state high court has declared that the 27 lawmakers of the Rivers state House of Assembly led by Martin Amaewhuke are still members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Court takes decision Rivers assembly members' case
Court ruled against Fubara's decision, insisting 27 pro-Wike lawmakers have not lost their seats. Photo credit: Sir Siminalayi Fubara Nyesom Ezenwo Wike - CON, GSSRS
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The court, in a ruling on Monday, June 10, struck out a suit filed by Wosa Amadi and three others seeking to declare the seats of the 27 lawmakers vacant following their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in December 2003.

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Delivering its judgement, the presiding judge, Justice Okogbule Gbasam, ruled that Martin Amaewhule and the 26 other lawmakers were still members of the PDP, the Punch reported.

As reported by The Nation, Justice Gbasam also ruled that the claimants failed to prove to the court that the 27 lawmakers truly defected to the APC.

He noted that the said defection cannot be established through newspaper publications, radio announcements or online publications.

According to the court, a defection can only be established through the party membership register, a membership card and such members fulfilling all requirements of their membership in the party.

Meanwhile, the assembly members, who are loyal to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister Nyesom Wike, had defected from the PDP to the APC last year, following the Rivers political crisis.

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Fubara tackles Rivers Lawmakers

Earlier, reported that Rivers governor, Sim Fubara, launched a fresh attack against Nyesom Wike and some members of the state House of Assembly.

Narrating his sad experience during the Rivers crisis, Fubara claimed the lawmakers frustrated him, yet he remained peaceful.

Speaking with Senator Henry Siriake Dickson, the governor claimed to have signed President Tinubu's peace deal in the interest of the state, not to worship "Wike and his men".

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at with 6+ years of experience. Before joining, 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:

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