Rivers Crisis Thickens as Pro Wike, Fubara Lawmakers Hold Parallel Sittings

Rivers Crisis Thickens as Pro Wike, Fubara Lawmakers Hold Parallel Sittings

  • Tension is currently mounting in Rivers as the two factions of the state house of assembly are locked up in parallel sittings on Monday morning, July 8
  • Lawmakers were already arriving at the house of assembly quarters amidst heavy security presence
  • While factional speaker, Martin Amaewhule, was seen walking into the chamber, the Victor Oko-Jumbo group will also sit to screen a commissioner nominee

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering Nigeria's governance, politics, and elections.

FCT, Abuja - There is anxiety in Rivers state as the two factions of the house of assembly gear up to stage parallel sittings on Monday, July 8, 2024.

On Sunday night, July 7, the Victor Oko-Jumbo-led house loyal to Governor Siminalayi Fubara had in a letter by the clerk, Goodnews Gillis-West, invited a commissioner-nominee, Emmanuel Fubara, to appear before it on Monday, July 8, for screening and possible confirmation.

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Rivers: Tension as pro-Wike and Fubara lawmakers hold parallel sittings
The feud between Rivers state governor, Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike is far from being over. Photo credits: Sir Siminalayi Fubara, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike - CON, GSSRS
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According to The Punch, the Martin Amaewhule-led house loyal to Nyesom Wike, the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), will also hold plenary same day (Monday, July 8).

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While the pro-Fubara lawmakers hold their sitting in an improvised chamber in the government house, Port Harcourt, the pro-Wike legislators will sit at the state assembly official quarters along Aba Road.

Blueprint also noted the development.

Rivers has been engulfed in a political crisis since 2023 over a power tussle between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Wike.

The rift has polarised the state house of assembly, with lawmakers loyal to both political gladiators electing different speakers.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the court of appeal, Abuja, nullified the expulsion of Amaewhule and 24 other lawmakers from the assembly.

Delivering judgement, a three-member panel of the appeal court held that section 272 (3) of the 1999 constitution as amended gives the federal high court powers to determine whether the seat of a house of assembly member has become vacant.

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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.