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Pro-Wike, Fubara Lawmakers Hold Parallel Sittings Today

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The political crisis in Rivers State on Monday assumed new dimensions with two factions of the State House of Assembly holding parallel sittings.

Victor Oko-Jumbo-led House loyal to the State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara and the Martin Amaewhule-led House loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike will both hold sittings at different venues in the state.

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While the pro-Fubara lawmakers hold their sitting in an improvised Hallowed Chamber in the Government House, Port Harcourt, the pro-Wike legislators sit at the State Assembly official quarters along Aba Road, also in the metropolis.

Both Houses are scheduled to begin plenary by 10 am.

While the Oko-Jumbo-led House is expected to screen a new commissioner-nominee, Emmanuel Frank-Fubara, the schedule of the Amaewhule-led lawmakers remains unknown at press time.

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The sitting of the Amaewhule-led lawmakers will be their first since the Court of Appeal judgement recognised them as members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Recall that the State House of Assembly Complex, located along Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, was bombed in October 2023, following an attempt by 27 lawmakers loyal to the FCT Minister to impeach Fubara.

The pro-Wike lawmakers later announced their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) while the pro-Fubara legislators declared their seats vacant.

The status of the 27 lawmakers is now a subject of litigation pending in court.


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