Court’s CTC Validates Our Position On Amaewhule, Others – Rivers Govt

  • Cautions against judgments’ misinterpretation

The Rivers State Government says the Certified True Copy (CTC) of judgment by the State High Court has clearly validated its position that the Court neither declared nor affirmed Martin Amaewhule as Speaker of the House of Assembly.

The Attorney-General of Rivers State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Dagogo Israel Iboroma (SAN) who stated this at a press conference in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, 11th June 2024, after obtaining a copy of the CTC, advised the media to ensure they obtain a judgment and read it thoroughly to gain proper understanding or at best, seek competent legal advice before going to press.

Iboroma particularly urged media practitioners to desist from giving interpretations to court judgements by fiat, emotional or other shades of persuasions.

The Attorney General stressed that there was no court ruling that ever declared or affirmed Martin Amaewhule and 26 others as members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Rivers State House of Assembly.

In the words of Iboroma; “Yesterday (Monday), I made the point that there is a misrepresentation of the judgement of the High Court of Rivers State in Suit No. DHC/20/CS/2024 in social, print, and electronic media.

“My position has been confirmed and vindicated by the Certified True Copy (CTC), of the Court order in Suit No. DHC/20/CS/2024,” he stressed.

Iboroma explained that a court order embodied the enforceable decisions of a court, stressing that in this case in focus, the enforceable orders of the court will necessarily entail the specific pronouncements of the court.

The Attorney General listed the three orders of the court in the judgement to include; “That this Suit be and is hereby dismissed/struck out for want of jurisdiction.

“That the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) be and is hereby joined as 4th defendant.

“That the claimants’ case be and is hereby dismissed for lacking in merit”.

Iboroma further said contrary to the false claims and misrepresentation in social, print and electronic media, the court did not make a declaration that Martin Amaewhule is the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, neither did it make a declaration that Martin Amaewhule and 26 others are members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In his words; “If it were so, it would have been embodied in the court orders which have been circulated to you all and displayed by me here for the purpose of clarity.”

He regretted that by the deliberate misrepresentation of Monday’s judgement, the court was painted in bad light and the public misled with such misinformation.

Iboroma further said; “Whatever finding of fact that is not included in the court order is an Obiter Dictum, which has no binding force.

“Once again, I respectfully urge the media to desist from giving any interpretation to any judgement without first reading the content of the judgement and seeking legal advice,” he enthused.

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