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WIKE REGAINS CONTROL OF RIVERS, AMIDST FUBARA’S IMPEACHMENT SAGA

PUSH NEW 24 INTERNATIONAL: October 30th, 2013

About 26 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have suspended the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaehwule.

Also, the House elected and inaugurated the leader of the House, Edison Ehie, as its new Speaker.

The number of pro-Fubara lawmakers increased to 26 after some realigned from the earlier 24 that wanted to impeach him.

This came following the crisis that rocked the assembly, on Monday, over the move by some of the lawmakers to impeach the governor.

The development had resulted in the burning down of the hallowed chambers of the legislative arm of the government on Sunday night.

Following the crisis, the state assembly premises had been cordoned off by fully armed security personnel.

Push News learnt it took the intervention of Minister Wike to save his godson from what may be termed a political failure of his path.

Wike was said to have summond all parties to return to statusquo and those who played key roles can go on punished.

Addressing newsmen after a brief plenary of the house at a chamber within the Government House, Port Harcourt, the new Speaker, Edison, promised to ensure justice and fairness in the process of legislation.

He said: “The House just rose from plenary and with all humility I must thank my colleagues, 26 Assembly members, who have just elected me as the new Speaker of the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly.

“My commitment to Rivers people is that I will be just and fair to all and sundry. And I will ensure that rule of law takes its course.

“I will not betray my colleagues and Rivers people and I will not betray my constituency.

“I will also ensure the independence of the Rivers State House of Assembly is adhered to, with mutual respect to the judiciary and executive arms.

Additional information: @Vanguard

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