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Clerk disowns Fubara’s faction, Says No change in leadership of Rivers assembly

Emeka Amadi, the clerk of the house of assembly, stated that Martin Amaewhule is the recognized speaker of the assembly, despite recent events suggesting otherwise.

On Wednesday, lawmaker Victor Jumbo, representing the Bonny constituency, was elected as speaker by a group of lawmakers loyal to Governor Fubara. However, on Thursday, Martin Amaewhule, who is considered a factional speaker, claimed that the governor planned to demolish the assembly quarters. He made these allegations after the governor’s visit to the assembly quarters that same day.

While addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Amaewhule stated that the assembly quarters require no renovation. Conversely, the governor indicated that his visit was to assess whether any work needed to be done there following the new speaker’s election.

The legislative body affirmed that there has been no alteration in its leadership structure, with Martin Amaewhule, Dumle Maol, and Major Jack continuing as speaker, deputy speaker, and majority leader, respectively.

“The attention of the Rivers State House of Assembly has been drawn to reports in the media suggesting a leadership change in the House as of today, May 8, 2024. As the Clerk of the House and the administrator of the Oath of membership and office to all members, as well as a custodian of the House’s records, I wish to clarify the following,” the statement from the clerk reads.

“There was no change in the leadership of the House today. Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule remains the Speaker of the House, with Rt. Hon. Dumle Maol as the Deputy Speaker and Hon. Major Jack as the Majority Leader.

“Apart from the seat of Khana Constituency II, which was declared vacant due to the death of the member representing the constituency, no other seat has been declared vacant.

“There is a standing court judgment from a competent jurisdiction in Suit no FHC/ABI/CS/1613/2023, which includes an injunction restraining the Governor of Rivers State from interfering with the House’s operations under the leadership of the 2nd Plaintiff as Speaker.

“Furthermore, Hon. Victor Oko Jumbo, Hon. Sokari Goodboy Sokari, and Hon. Adolphus Orubimie Timothy remain suspended since October 30, 2023, according to the House Rules, and their suspensions have not been lifted. They cannot claim any official positions within the House.

“The House continues to conduct legislative business in accordance with the Standing Orders of the House and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

“The public and the citizens of Rivers State should disregard any media reports suggesting a recent change in the leadership of the Rivers State House of Assembly.”

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