Fubara Declines To Withdraw Suite Against Pro Wike Lawmakers
ccording to Sahara reporters, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has declined to withdraw his legal action against the State House of Assembly, as proposed in the resolutions following a meeting convened by President Bola Tinubu to address the political crisis in the state. President Tinubu’s intervention aimed to resolve the turmoil arising from disagreements between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, which escalated into a crisis involving the State House of Assembly.
During the closed-door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, attended by Governor Fubara, former governor Peter Odili, Minister of the Capital Territory Nyesom Wike, and other stakeholders, an eight-point resolution was established. One of the key points was the withdrawal of all court cases by the involved parties to pave the way for resolution.
However, when the suit filed by Governor Fubara against the Rivers State House of Assembly came up in court, his counsel, D. O. Okoro, SAN, informed the court that he had not received instructions to withdraw the case. On the other hand, the State Assembly’s counsel, Chief Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), stated that his clients had instructed him to withdraw the matter in line with the agreed resolution.
Justice O. Ben-Whyte, presiding over the High Court in Isiokpo, advised Okoro to seek clarification from his client regarding the apparent discrepancy. The case has been adjourned to January 31, 2024, for a report on the progress of settlement.