A loyalist of Governor Fubara of Rivers State and factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. While Edison is currently presiding over a plenary session of the 10th Assembly.
Edison who was affirmed as the authentic speaker of the House of Assembly by a Federal High Court sitting in Rivers State on Tuesday, presided over the plenary of the house on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, ahead of Fubara’s budget presentation.
Governor Fubara is reportedly scheduled to present the N800 billion 2024 budget to the state assembly on Wednesday.
It would be recalled that 27 lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party, defected to the All Progressives Congress on Monday.
The defected PDP lawmakers cited an alleged crisis in the party, as the reason for their defection, while also said administration in the state formed part of their decision.
The development came following the ongoing political battle between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who is the current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
The Federal High Court on Tuesday, declared Ehie Edison the legitimate Speaker of the Assembly, issuing a restraining order prohibiting Hon. Martins Amaewhule, allegedly backed by Wike, from claiming the leadership of the Assembly.
Consequently, the court also extended the restraining order to Dumle Maol, preventing him from parading himself as the Deputy Speaker.
However, the use of force, including thugs and police officers, to gain access to the Assembly Complex, was also prohibited by the court.
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