Rivers Assembly members suspend Speaker, elect Edison

The Speaker of the House, Edison Ehie, was chosen and sworn in by the House.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaehwule, has been suspended by about 26 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Additionally, the House chose Edison Ehie to be its new Speaker and swore him in.

This came following the crisis that rocked the assembly on Monday over the move by some of the lawmakers to impeach the governor of the state, Sir Siminalayi Fubara.

The development had resulted in the burning down of the hallowed chambers of the legislative arm of the government on Sunday night.

Following the crisis, the state assembly premises had been cordoned off by fully armed security personnel.

Following a brief plenary session in a chamber within Government House, Port Harcourt, the newly elected speaker, Edison, made a commitment to uphold justice and equity in the legislative process.

He said: “The House just rose from plenary and with all humility I must thank my colleagues, 26 Assembly Members, who have just elected me as the new Speaker of the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly.

“My commitment to Rivers people is that I will be just and fair to all and sundry. And I will ensure that rule of law takes its course.

“I will not betray my colleagues and Rivers people and I will not betray my constituency. I will also ensure the independence of the Rivers State House of Assembly is adhered to, with mutual respect to the judiciary and executive arms.

“Everything due my colleagues as honourable members, constitutionally will be given to them. The honourable members that have been suspended will also be given fair hearing.

“The committee of information will publish the names of those suspended. The House has also urged the Committee on petitions to give them fair hearing.

“The house has adjourned synedine because the Parliamentary Association of Nigeria has served us a notice of indefinite strike from Abuja. So we cannot sit again. It means any sitting can’t hold water. The court is there, if you are aggrieved should approach the court.”

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