Rivers State Assembly Overrides Fubara Again.

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The Rivers state house of assembly, on Monday, passed another bill into law with a veto-proof majority to usurp the governor’s refusal to assent a bill earlier passed by the lawmakers. The bill popularly called “the Rivers state local government (amendment) bill” was sponsored by the assembly’s majority leader, Major Jack, was debated again and passed, making it the fifth time in just four months the assembly have gone around the governor to get a bill into law.

In a statement, a spokesman for the speaker of the house, Martins Wachukwu said ““Determined to perform its constitutional duties, the Bill was represented by the Majority Leader, Major Jack and debated upon by members.

“Thereafter, the House in accordance with the provision s of Section 100(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, which empowers the House to override the Governor, where he withholds his assent, the Speaker, Martin Amaewhule put the question, and with two third majority vote, the House agreed to override the governor and passed the Bill into law.”

The state assembly, seen as loyal to former governor Nyesom Wike, have been at loggerheads with the current governor. The executive was quick to denounce the legislatures with the state commissioner of information, Joseph Johnson describing the action of the assembly as “null and void”. The bill seeks to strip the governor of the powers to appoint the chairperson and members of the state assembly commission. In the statement, Mr. Johnson said “whatever they have done is nullity. It cannot stand, it has no place in law. It is the greatest display of rascality by the assembly.

“Anybody who thinks it can stand should tell me who will payroll them? They raised the names, screened and appointed them and would probably give them offices. You cannot usurp the position of the executive.”

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