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Court Didn’t Affirm Amaewhule, Others As PDP, Assembly Members- Rivers Govt

Iboroma stated that reports claiming the court affirmed the lawmakers’ membership in the PDP and RSHA are misleading and intended to deceive the public.

By Arex Stefani

The Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dagogo Iboroma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), clarified that the State High Court did not rule that Martin Amaewhule and 26 others remain members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Rivers State House of Assembly (RSHA).

Iboroma stated that reports claiming the court affirmed the lawmakers’ membership in the PDP and RSHA are misleading and intended to deceive the public.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Iboroma, as the 3rd defendant in Suit No. DHC/20/CS/2024, explained that the suit did not seek to declare the seats of Martin Amaewhule and 26 others in the Rivers State House of Assembly vacant. He added that the suit was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.

He said: “The suit of the claimants was struck out for want of locus standi and jurisdiction and also for being an abuse of court process which robbed the trial court of jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.

“As you all know, Martins Amaewhule and 26 others defected from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on the 11th Day of December, 2023, and stated that much in affidavit evidence deposed to by Martins Amaewhule for himself and on behalf of 26 others in Suit No.

FHC/ABJ/1681/CS/2023 before Hon. Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division. The Suit is still pending in court.

“By Section 272(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, it is only the Federal High Court that can determine whether Martins Amaewhule and 26 others are still members of Peoples Democratic Party and also members of the Rivers State House of Assembly. This much was held by the trial court.

“However, you will recall that there is a subsisting order of interlocutory injunction in Suit No.

PHC/1512/CS/2024, restraining Martins Amaewhule and his co-travellers from further parading or presenting themselves as lawmakers in Rivers State pending the determination of the substantive suit, which has not been appealed against till date,” he added.

He urged the public to disregard reports claiming that Martins Amaewhule and 26 others have been declared as members of the PDP and the Rivers State House of Assembly.

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