A total of 26 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have suspended the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaehwule.
Moreover, the House has elected and sworn in Edison Ehie, the leader of the House, as the new Speaker in response to the crisis that erupted in the assembly on Monday. This crisis arose from some lawmakers’ attempts to impeach the state governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, leading to the burning of the legislative chambers on Sunday night.
Following these events, the state assembly premises were put under tight security by fully armed personnel.
The new Speaker, Edison, made a commitment to deliver justice and fairness in the legislative process during a press briefing held after a brief plenary session of the house at a chamber within the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He expressed his dedication to upholding the rule of law and vowed not to betray his colleagues, the people of Rivers State, or his constituency. Edison also emphasized the importance of maintaining the independence of the Rivers State House of Assembly while respecting the judiciary and executive branches.
He assured that all members of the house would receive their constitutionally mandated rights, and those who had been suspended would be given a fair hearing. The committee on information would publish the names of those who were suspended, and the House urged the Committee on Petitions to ensure fair hearings.
Edison disclosed that the House had adjourned due to the Parliamentary Association of Nigeria’s notice of an indefinite strike from Abuja. Consequently, further sessions could not take place, but those who felt aggrieved had the option of approaching the court.
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