BREAKING: Court throws out suit seeking to declare 25 Rivers Assembly seats vacant

A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has dismissed the suit seeking to vacant the seats of the 25 lawmakers vacant.

The 25 assembly members, who are loyal to FCT minister Nyesom Wike, had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Delivering judgement on Monday, June 10, Justice Okogbule Gbasam held that the lawmakers are still members of the PDP after the claimants failed to provide proof as required by law that the defendants are members of the APC.

Recall that a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday, May 30, declared the seats of the 25 lawmakers vacant pending the determination of a suit before it.

The court, however, ordered the Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule, to stop parading as the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and barred the 24 lawmakers, who are all Anti-Siminalayi Fubara, the governor of the state, from posing as lawmakers in the state.

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