RIVERS ATTORNEY-GENERAL CLEARS AIR ON ORDER OF DEGEMA HIGH COURT, SAYS NEWS GOING ROUND IS MISLEADING

RIVERS ATTORNEY-GENERAL CLEARS AIR ON ORDER OF DEGEMA HIGH COURT, SAYS NEWS GOING ROUND IS MISLEADING

Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dagogo Iboroma, SAN, has cleared the air on the news making the rounds that a State High Court in Degema has declared the members of the Martin Amaewhule-led factional Assembly as both members of the Peoples Democratic Party and the State House of Assembly.

Briefing newsmen on Monday, Mr. Iboroma noted that the suit did not seek to declare the seat of Martin Amaewhule and 26 others in Rivers State House of Assembly vacant, rather 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.

According to him, “As Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and 3rd defendant in SUIT NO DHC/20/CS/2024, my attention has been drawn to a recent judgment. This suit did not seek to declare the seat of Martins Amaewhule and 26 others in Rivers State House of Assembly vacant.”

“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.”

He emphasised that Martin Amaewhule and 26 others defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on the 11th Day of December, 2023 and clearly stated so in an affidavit evidence deposed to by 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, which the suit is still pending in the court.

Mr. Iboroma pointed out that by the spirit of section 272(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, it is only the Federal High Court that can determine whether Martin Amaewhule and 26 others are still members of Peoples Democratic Party and also members of the Rivers State House of Assembly which was held by the trial court.

“You will recall that there is a subsisting order of interlocutory injunction in Suit No.
PHC/512/CS/2024 restraining Martin Amaewhule and his co-travelers from further parading or presenting themselves as law makers in Rivers State pending the determination of the substantive suit, which has not been appealed against till date.”

He therefore urged the public to disregard the news presently making rounds in social, print and electronic media to the effect that Martins Amaewhule and 26 others have been declared as members of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Rivers State House of Assembly.

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