Court orders parties to maintain status quo in Rivers State House of Assembly crisis


A Federal High Court, Port Harcourt division, sitting before Justice Phoebe Ayuba has ordered the parties in Rivers State House of Assembly crisis to maintain status quo in the matter pending the hearing of the motion on notice filed together with the main suit by the new Speaker of the House and the House of Assembly.

Ruling on the motion filed in the suit, the trial judge ordered that none of the parties on record should do anything about the matter since all the parties are expected to respect the sanctity of the court.

In the suit, the new Speaker and the House of Assembly itself sought for, amongst others, a declaration that the former speaker and his former deputy, having been removed and suspended from the House, are not entitled to participate, disturb, interfere or obstruct with the performance of the legislative proceedings of the House and the legislative duties of the new speaker in accordance with the provisions of sections 90 to 104 of the Constitution of Nigeria.

They also sought for an order restraining the former two principal officers of the House from interfering or participating in the functions of the House of Assembly.

The Inspector General of Police and the Director of State Security Service are also made parties in the suit. The motion on notice is now fixed for November 27, 2023 for hearing.

It will be recalled that following some disagreement arising from the attempt by the former leadership of the House to impeach the state governor, Mr Sim Fubara, the Rivers State House of Assembly has been facing some leadership crisis leading to the removal of the former speaker and the election of Honorable Edison as the new speaker.

Since then, the House has not sat as the proceedings were adjourned indefinitely.

As it is the rule in the current case and following the order of the court, the former speaker and his followers are barred from taking the law into their hands.

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