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Appeal court docket verdict: Pro-Fubara Assembly heads to Supreme court docket

The Victor Oko-Jumbo, led Rivers State House of Assembly, loyal to governor Siminalayi Fubara, has mentioned it has filed an attraction on the Supreme Court to problem the judgement of the Appeal Court delivered on Wednesday in Abuja.

Oko-Jumbo, mentioned this in a press release issued in Port Harcourt on Friday by the factional Clerk of the House, Dr G. M. Gillis-West, and despatched to newsmen.

The factional Speaker mentioned the Assembly strongly believes that the Court of Appeal was in error when it held that the Rivers State High Court lacked the Jurisdiction to listen to and decide SUIT NO. PHC/1512/CS/2024″.

Oko-Jumbo declared that he stays the Speaker of the state legislature as a result of there can’t be two Houses of Assembly within the state.

He reiterated that the seats of Martin Amaewhule and 24 different former lawmakers stay vacant as declared by the then speaker, Edison Ehie, on thirteenth December, 2023, following their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on the eleventh day of December, 2023.

The assertion reads, “There can’t be two Houses of Assembly in Rivers State or certainly any State in Nigeria. This House of Assembly, with me because the Speaker, is the one House of Assembly in Rivers State.

“As the entire world is aware of, on the eleventh day of December, 2023, Martin Amaewhule and his 24 associates defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressive Congress.

“On the 13th Day of December, 2023, Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie, as the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, declared the seats of Martin Amaewhule and 24 others in the RSHA vacant. That declaration by Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie has not been set aside by any court in Nigeria.”

He defined that the reliable members of the Rivers state House of Assembly secured a restraining order towards Martin Ameawhule and the 24 others once they continued to parade as members of the RSHA regardless of their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC and their seats declared vacant.

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Oko-Jumbo mentioned that as a result of they felt dissatisfied with the rulings of the Rivers State High Court in Suit No. PHC/1512/CS/2024, Martin Amaewhule & 24 ORS had filed an Appeal No. CA/PH/198/2024 on the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division.

Continuing, he mentioned, “Yesterday, the 4th of July, 2024, the Court of Appeal, in its lead Judgement, allowed the Appeal by Martin Ameawhule & 24 ORS on the bottom that the Rivers State High Court lacked the jurisdiction to listen to and decide the case.

“Accordingly, the Court of Appeal struck out Suit No. PHC/1512/CS/2024 and NOTHING MORE. The Court of Appeal didn’t make any declaration that Martin Amaewhule & 24 ORS didn’t defect from the PDP to APC.

“The Court of Appeal also did not make any declaration that Martin Amaewhule and 24 ORS are still members of the RSHA,” he identified.

“We strongly imagine that the Court of Appeal was in error when it held that the Rivers State High Court lacked the jurisdiction to listen to and decide SUIT NO PHC/1512/CS/2024.

He mentioned accordingly, the House of Assembly has instructed its attorneys they usually have filed an attraction to the Supreme Court of Nigeria difficult the judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered on the 4th Day of July, 2024.

“Martin Amaewhule & 24 ORS, regardless of all their pretences, are now not members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, they usually stay so till a court docket of competent jurisdiction says in any other case.

“Once once more, we’re the reliable members of the RSHA right here by name on the Independent National Electoral Commission to promptly conduct a bye-election to fill the vacant seats within the RSHA.

“We strongly urge most people to disregard Martin Amaewhule & 24 ORS of their pretence that they’re members of the RSHA. “

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