Crisis: Gov Fubara planning to declare Rivers Assembly illegal, APC alleges

Governor Similanayi Fubara of Rivers State has been accused of attempting to acquire temporary orders from judges to delay the implementation of laws vetoed by the State House of Assembly.

During an unscheduled meeting last month, the assembly rejected Fubara’s request to enact the Rivers State House of Assembly (RSHA) Service Commission Law.

The members argued that it had been more than the constitutionally required 30 days since they brought the change to the Rivers State House of Assembly Service Commission Act to the governor for approval.

At a press conference in Port Harcourt on Thursday, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC in Rivers, Chief Tony Okocha, alleged that the governor is planning to engage some judges to obtain an interim order declaring the Rivers State House of Assembly as illegal, as constituted and led by Hon. Martin Amaehwule.

Okocha alleged that the governor wants to leverage on the interim order in other to appoint care taker committee of chairmen of the local government areas in the State.

“I want to use this opportunity to inform Rivers people and Nigerians of the move by the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, to procure interim orders from Judges that I may not name here, but I will put in my petition today to the National Judicial Council.”

“He wants to procure interim order stopping the implementation of the laws which he was vetoed over. He wants to procure an order to announce as illegal the Rivers State House of Assembly as constituted and as led by Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule. The Governor is in the business as we speak and I speak with all authority because the walls have ears.

“These are the plans that are on and he is doing that so that he will now leverage on that order to go ahead to appoint caretaker committees in local government against the warning of the man he says he respects, the President.

“But let me put it clearly here that we will stoutly, vehemently oppose such negative subterranean moves by a man who ought to protect the dignity and integrity of a state called Rivers. Rivers State cannot be turned to a pariah because of cluelessness of one person. Rivers State is a state to be reckoned with in the comity of nations, highly respected and regarded”

“But see how dangerously we have fallen because we have a Governor that does not understand his left from his right. So we to put out this clearly to Nigerians and to Rivers people that we will stoutly disobey that. The gift according to Frantz Fanon that I like so much, the gift to an intransigence government is civil disobedience.

“If the Government of Siminalayi Fubara tends towards intransigence, then he will meet with civil disobedience. It is just natural,” he stated.

Reacting to the allegation Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Mr Joe Johnson, said the governor does not do backyard business and cannot make such plot.

He said, “There is nothing like that we are not given to backyard business. My governor does not do anything that is illegal and he is not interested in any illegality. Whatever will come from the courts will not come from the back door. We are not like them and the governor has said that he will surprise them so he will surprise them.”


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