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Rivers crisis: Two Speakers emerge, hold separate sitting



By Peters Monday, Abuja

A fresh crisis has brewed in Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday when two factions held separate meetings in different locations in the state.

The faction loyal to FCT minister Nyesom Wike was led by Rt. Hon Martin’s Amaewhule allegedly threatened fresh impeachment of the governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

It was gathered that armed policemen again took over the complex, preventing members of both factions from using the complex.

According to sources, about four police patrol vans were stationed at the entrance of the Assembly complex located along Moscow Road, even as human and vehicular movement along that Axis of the Assembly was restricted.

Journalists reported that about 25 lawmakers led by Martins Amaewhule, sat early on Tuesday and reportedly deliberated on two items concerning the suspension of the strike by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PSAN.

The lawmakers loyal to the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike also called on the State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, to investigate the explosion at the Assembly which razed the hallowed Chamber and destroyed several properties.

In a related development, lawmakers led by factional Speaker, Edison Ehie, passed a vote of confidence on Governor Siminalayi Fubara, declaring that they will swim or float with him.

Rising from a sitting on Tuesday from an unknown location, they commended the governor on his developmental strides and security initiatives to keep the state peaceful.

In a statement signed by Legislative Aide, Ken Uchendu, said “It takes a man of vision to steer the ship of development for the benefit of the people of the State.”

They resolved to continuously give the governor the required support to accomplish his consolidation and continuity agenda to benefit the State.

The lawmakers also condemned the attack on Ehie’s residence on Sunday night as well as the burning of the House of Assembly and appealed to the governor to commence the rehabilitation works as soon as possible.

“Furthermore, the house impressed on the need for the Inspector General of police, and other related security apparatus of the state to investigate these attacks and bring the culprits to book,” they said.

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