Defection: Court Adjourns Suit Seeking To Sack Pro-Wike Lawmakers In Rivers

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A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Friday, April 26, 2024 adjourned hearing in the suit filed by members of a Civil Society Organisation seeking the sack of 27 pro-Wike lawmakers of the State House of Assembly over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

When the parties arrived at the Court for hearing on the matter on Friday, the Clerk of the court informed them that the Judge, Justice Stephen Daylop Pam was indisposed and a new date was picked.

The organisation had approached the court to seek interpretation of section 109 of the 1999 Constitution and to determine whether the lawmakers, who defected from the PDP to the APC still have the legal rights to remain as lawmakers of their constituencies.

The CSOs led by its Rivers State Chairman, Enefaa Georgewill is also praying the Court to restrain Governor Siminalayi Fubara from representing the 2024 budget to the lawmakers who defected.

Speaking to newsmen on the development, Georgewill, expressed dismay over the long date for hearing, stressing that the counsel to the embattled lawmakers led by Martin Amaewhule was merely buying time.

According to Georgewill; “The counsel to the lawmakers now have one month plus for a matter they have failed to respond to for the past two months. It is quite unfortunate and we know they are just buying time.

“But like we always say, justice will always be delayed but it cannot be denied. They should try all their gimmicks, but they should not be afraid to come to court to tell us if they are still members of the State House of Assembly.

“It is beyond media rhetoric. They should come to court and respond to our processes and let the court decide whether or not they are still members of the State House of Assembly. Like we have said, this matter is backed by the judgement of the Supreme Court and we are sure we are going to have it,” he stressed.

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