27 Rivers Lawmakers' Seats Declared Vacant Amidst Party Defections  - The Top Society

27 Rivers Lawmakers’ Seats Declared Vacant Amidst Party Defections 

.....Fubara Presents Budget of Renewed Hope, Consolidation, and Continuity' 

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Edison Ehie, a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, has announced the vacant status of 27 legislative seats following the defection of lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The decision, made at an undisclosed venue used for plenary on Wednesday, further exacerbates the ongoing power struggle between Ehie and Martins Amaewhule, each claiming the Speakership, a dispute currently under legal scrutiny.

Rivers Assembly Crisis: Amaewhule-Led Faction Holds Session Under Tight Security 

This controversial move by Ehie, who leads a faction loyal to Governor Siminalayi Fubara, comes in the aftermath of the demolition of the Assembly Complex by the state government. The lawmakers affected belonged to the Amaewhule-led group, intensifying the already heightened tensions within the assembly.

Remarkably, while this political storm unfolded, Governor Fubara presented the hefty N800 billion 2024 budget estimates to Ehie and his allies at the Government House.

Dubbed the ‘Budget of Renewed Hope, Consolidation, and Continuity,’ the budget approval by the Rivers State Executive Council adds another layer of complexity to the unfolding crisis.

The 27 legislators targeted in this mass declaration were reportedly aligned with Amaewhule, known for his association with former governor Nyesom Wike.

Rivers Government Gives Reason for Assembly Complex Demolition   

The defections are seen as a direct response to a recent wave of grassroots politicians switching allegiance from the APC and Social Democratic Party (SDP) to the PDP.

This crisis within the 32-member Assembly traces its roots to a longstanding rift between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Wike.

In October, Amaewhule’s faction served an impeachment notice on Fubara and ousted Ehie as the House leader. In a swift countermove, members loyal to Fubara impeached Amaewhule and installed Ehie as the new Speaker.

The legal intricacies of the conflict were underscored by a Rivers High Court in Port Harcourt, which restrained the Amaewhule-led group from forcibly entering the assembly complex pending the court’s final decision on the matter.

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