Rivers Elders, Leaders Reject Tinubu's Intervention, Cite Constitutional Violations    - The Top Society

Rivers Elders, Leaders Reject Tinubu’s Intervention, Cite Constitutional Violations   

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Rivers State elders and leaders have rejected the outcome of President Bola Tinubu’s intervention in the ongoing political crisis within the state. The leaders expressed their discontent, arguing that President Tinubu’s directives to the Rivers State Governor, Siminialayi Fubara, run afoul of the constitution.

The rejection was announced following an emergency meeting convened by the elders on Tuesday, where they collectively opposed the directives issued by President Tinubu. The elders were united in their stance, deeming the instructions as unacceptable, null, and void.

The elders raised concerns about the constitutional implications of President Tinubu’s involvement in the state’s political affairs. They emphasized the need for adherence to the rule of law and democratic processes, stressing that any intervention should be within the framework of the constitution.

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“A review of Mr. President’s directives for the resolution of the political impasse in Rivers State showed that the directives contravene the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which Mr. President swore to uphold at all times,” the Elders said in a communique read by former Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Chief Rufus Ada George 

“The directives unilaterally suspended the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by virtue of an attempt to reverse a court order recognizing Rt. Honourable Edison Ehie as the speaker and directing that the remainder of members of the House of Assembly constituted the quorum for legislative business. 

“That the directive also contravenes the hallowed doctrine and practice of separation of powers, particularly as it affects the responsibility of the judiciary. Can Mr President or the executive arm government overrule the decisions of the court of competent jurisdiction? 

“This portends executive rascality which undermines our constitutional democracy, rule of law and good governance. 

“The directives to the parties were one sided in favour of Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike. 

“The directive to re-present the budget passed and signed into law is a clear attempt to ridicule and denigrate the office of the Governor and the good people of Rivers State including the Judiciary. 

“Therefore any resolution or directive that intends to undermine the principle of separation of powers and the rule of law is unacceptable, null and void and will be resisted, using all constitutional means at our disposal.”

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