BREAKING: Fubara breaks silence as appeal court returns pro-Wike lawmakers to Rivers Assembly

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Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara has said there is no cause to worry over the decision of the Appeal Court on the crisis in the State House of Assembly.

The court of appeal in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the order of a Rivers high court which restrained Martin Amaewhule and 24 others from parading themselves as lawmakers of the state assembly.

A three-member panel of the appellate court led by Jimi Olukayode-Bada, held that the trial court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, as such matters can only be heard and determined before a federal high court.

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The appeal, which was filed by Amaewhule, factional speaker of the Rivers state house of assembly, and 24 others, sought to vacate the order of a high court in Port Harcourt that restrained them from parading themselves as lawmakers.

On May 30, Charles Wali, the high court judge, restrained the lawmakers in Amaewhule’s faction from conducting legislative sittings anywhere, including within the legislative quarters.

The judge also restrained Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, from interfacing with or accepting resolutions and bills from the 25 lawmakers.

The suit was filed by Victor Oko Jumbo, a factional speaker, and two other lawmakers — Sokari Goodboy and Orubienimigha Adolphus Timothy. The three legislators are loyal to Fubara.

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The court also held that all of the laws made by Amaewhule and others would amount to a nullity until the matter was determined.

The appellants had asked the appeal court to dismiss the judgment of the lower court and nullify the decisions taken by Jumbo’s faction.

Meanwhile, reacting to the development, Fubara said he is not deterred by the appellate court’s decision on the assembly crisis.

He stated this during the inspection of the reconstruction of the Zonal Hospital project in Bori Town, the headquarters of the Khana Local Government Area of the state on Friday.

“I want to assure every one of you and the good people of Rivers State, that we are not deterred. We have made our promises, we will continue to give you good governance, no matter how difficult it is,” he said.

He further said the worst is over, adding that has moved on to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers State.

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“But, like I said before, the worst is over. We are moving on to ensure that we continue to provide what is needed for the development of our state.

“I know that a lot of you will be wondering what is going on and all that. Government has its own challenges. If you go to the book of Psalm 23 verse 5, in the Bible, it said that God prepares a table before you; it can be before anybody. But there is an underlined word that should be noted here: it said ‘in the presence of your enemies’. So, it means that nothing comes easy.”

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Noting that every government has its challenges, Fubara said that the present situation will not deter him from delivering his campaign promises.

Fubara explained that his administration did not meet any functional Zonal Hospital, stressing that because it wanted quality healthcare facilities for the people, funds were released about a month ago for the reconstruction and expansion of four zonal hospitals.

He also expressed satisfaction that the contractors appeared committed and had shown that they understood the dream and aspirations of his administration, and were aligning to help it fulfil promises to the people.

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