Rivers Political Crisis: New Pro-Fubara Speaker Emerges In Rivers Assembly

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Following the factional division in the political structures of the State playing out in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Oko Jumbo, the lawmaker Representing Bonny Local Government Area State Constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly, has emerged as the new speaker of the state assembly.

Jumbo emerged as the speaker of the three-man assembly members that is loyal to the State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, during its sitting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Jumbo is emerging after the resignation of Rt. Hon. Edion Ehie, now the Chief of Staff to the State Government.

His emergence is following calls by the All Progressives Congress (APC) supported by Local Government Area chairmen in the State for the impeachment of the governor.

APC said the impeachment process was necessary given the governor’s blatant refusal to honour the peace agreement initiated by President Bola Tinubu between Fubara and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, some months ago and his recent declaration of the lawmakers’ seats vacant.

 

Recall that on Monday, Fubara had declared, for the first time since the commencement of the crisis, that the APC lawmakers do not exist in the eyes of the law.

In his reaction, the caretaker committee chairman of the Rivers State APC, Chief Tony Okocha, who addressed newsmen in Port Harcourt, said the statement of the governor was tantamount to re-writing the constitution of Nigeria.

He said: “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.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in reaction to the call for Fubara’s impeachment has told the APC on Wednesday to perish the thoughts of “forcefully taking over the State”.