Rivers: Pro-Wike, Fubara lawmakers hold parallel plenary sessions

Tension mounts in Rivers State as the two factions of the State House of Assembly locked up in parallel sittings on Monday.

Lawmakers arrived at the House of Assembly Quarters amidst heavy security presence as this report was filed.

While Speaker, Martin Amaewhule was seen walking into the chamber, the Victor Oko-Jumbo section also sit to screen a commissioner nominee. Oko-Jumbo will be presiding over the other House sitting.

On Sunday night, the Oko-Jumbo-led House loyal to the State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara had in a letter by the Clerk, Dr G. M Gillis-West, invited a new commissioner-nominee, Emmanuel Frank-Fubara, to appear before it on Monday for screening and confirmation as a member box the State Executive Council.

While the pro-Fubara lawmakers hold their sitting in an improvised Hallowed Chamber in the Government House, Port Harcourt, the pro-Wike legislators sit at the State Assembly official quarters along Aba Road, also in the metropolis.

It is unclear what the Amaewhule-led lawmakers will deliberate on, although it will be their first sitting since the Court of Appeal judgement recognised the pro-Wike lawmakers as members of the House.

Their sittings follow the bombing of the State House of Assembly Complex located along Moscow Road, Port Harcourt in October 2023.

There was also an attempt by the 27 lawmakers loyal to the FCT Minister to impeach Fubara.

The pro-Wike lawmakers later during plenary announced their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress as the political crisis in the state deepened following the feud between Fubara and Wike.

The crisis soon landed the 27 lawmakers in court, as they battle to save their status.

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