Court Sacks Wike Loyalist, Declares Fubara’s Ally Edison Ehie as Authentic Speaker

Sim Fubara and Ehie Edison

High Court Upholds Edison Ehie as Rivers State House of Assembly Speaker Amidst Political Turmoil.


In a significant legal development, a High Court in Port Harcourt has confirmed Edison Ehie as the legitimate Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. The ruling comes in the midst of a political clash involving Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.


Edison Ehie, aligned with Governor Fubara, faced suspension and removal by colleagues supporting Wike. Justice M.W. Danagogo’s ruling not only reinstates Ehie but also directs Martins Amaewhule and Dumle Maol to cease their roles as Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

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The court further issues a stern warning against employing force, including the use of thugs and police officers, to gain access to the Assembly Complex. This decision marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing political crisis that escalated with 27 lawmakers defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All


Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday. The courtroom drama highlights the intense power struggle within the Rivers State political landscape, with legal proceedings becoming a battleground for competing political factions.

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Edison Ehie’s confirmation as Speaker adds a layer of complexity to the political dynamics, as the tussle between the Fubara-led faction and the forces aligned with Nyesom Wike continues. The court’s explicit directive to Amaewhule and Maol underscores the legal ramifications for those resisting the court’s decision.

The warning against the use of force signals the judiciary’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and preventing the manipulation of political processes through extrajudicial means. As the legal proceedings unfold, the Rivers State political landscape remains in a state of flux, with implications for the balance of power and the direction of governance in the state.

This ruling sets the stage for potential political realignments and recalibrations, with both sides likely to strategize and mobilize their supporters in response to the court’s decision. As the drama continues to unfold, the people of Rivers State are left to observe the evolving political landscape, awaiting the resolution of the power struggle that has gripped their state.



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