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“The 27 members of the House of Assembly are alleging that Governor Fubara denied them of their entitlement, is that Wike’s problem?”

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A lawyer named Emmanuel Anene has claimed that Nyesom Wike, the minister of the federal capital territory, has been painted as the antagonist in the conflict between him and Siminalayi Fubara, the state governor. According to him, Nigerians are not giving much thought to the claims made by the 27 lawmakers who defected, claiming that the governor had denied them their rights.

Additionally, he contended that Edison Ehie was not granted the authority to deprive the other 27 members of their seats by the court decision that permits him to serve as Speaker of the House. He clarified that in order for members to lose their seats, there must be a defection from party A to party B without any rift within the original party, citing Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution.

He said in an interview with AIT, ”The 27 members of the House of Assembly are alleging that Governor Fubara denied them of their entitlement, is that Wike’s problem? Governor Sim Fubara should face the issues of governance and stop bringing distractions to himself. Now the Court said Edison is the speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly. Now even though that judgment has not been appealed against. It’s an interim order that will last for 7 days.

The same order did not say the remaining 27 members automatically lost their seats. That is not the intendment of section 109 of the 1999 constitution. It says if you decamp from party A to party B and there is no division in your party, the question there is what amounts to division? The 27 members said there is a division in the National secretariat of the party. They don’t know who to relate with as to how the secretariat administration is concerned. To them that amounts to division in the house.”

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