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New pro-Fubara Speaker Emerges in Rivers Assembly

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New pro-Fubara Speaker Emerges in Rivers Assembly

Hon. Victor Oko Jumbo, a lawmaker representing the Bonny Local Government Area State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, was elected as the new Speaker of the house.

During the legislative session on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Jumbo emerged as the speaker of the three-man assembly members loyal to the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

Jumbo emerged following the resignation of Rt: Hon. Edion Ehie, the state government’s Chief of Staff.

This comes as the APC and LGA chairmen in the state advocate for the governor’s impeachment.

The APC stated that the impeachment process was required due to the governor’s flagrant disregard for the peace accord that President Bola Tinubu sparked several months ago between Fubara and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, or FCT, Nyesom Wike, as well as his recent declaration that the seats held by lawmakers were vacant.

Recall that Fubara said on Monday that the APC lawmakers are legal nonentities for the first time since the crisis began.

In response, Chief Tony Okocha, the chairman of the Rivers State APC’s caretaker committee, told reporters in Port Harcourt that the governor’s remarks amounted to a revision of Nigeria’s constitution.

According to him:

“He has re-written the books. Elementary politics taught us there are three organs of government and their roles. And goes further to talk about the separation of powers and checks and balances.

“What the governor was implying clearly is that he is ruling Rivers State without laws. That Rivers State runs an executive arm and judiciary. So, what that implies is simply absurdity.

“You can now see the tendencies of a dictator. As an opposition party in Rivers State, we will not keep quiet, we will shout. Regrettably, the governor has taken up to this point and we will not take it.

“The governor said that the President’s intervention in Rivers State which he signed was not constitutional but a political solution. But he assented to it, not under duress. The agreement was signed in a friendly environment and the governor assented to the proclamation and had the opportunity to speak where he thanked Mr President.”


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