Don’t Exceed Your Power, Judge Warns Fubara
Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, warned Governor Siminalayi Fubara not to “exceed his power” as Rivers State governor.
Omotosho said the court is against any plan to jeopardise democracy, and thereby declared that the governor, by himself or by members of the staff of the Rivers State Public Service are not entitled to take steps aimed at interfering with the affairs of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and the Speaker, in the performance of their duties.
The judge said the governor cannot withhold the due funds of lawmakers in the state’s Consolidated Revenue Fund.
The judgerestrained the National Assembly from accepting requests from the governor.
The judge also observed that the governor’s legal team had withdrawn all his processes in thethat it means that he admitted all the facts stated by the plaintiffs.
The judge held that based on the facts before his court,Amaewhule remained the valid Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
The judge said the purportedof Edison Ehie and four other lawmakers sho sit to pass the budget of the state is null and void. The judge nullified the N800 billion budget passed by the Ehie-led and signed into law by Fubara.
Omotosho said the court found it strange that the governor would destroy the Rivers State Assembly buildingpresent an appropriation bill to five lawmakers.
He declared theto the five lawmakers void.
The judge also grantedorder restraining the governor from continuing the demolition or construction of the Rivers Assembly building.
The court said all the acts of the governor with four lawmakersand he should through the lawmakers presided by Amaewhule.