Sacked Rivers Lawmakers: Arewa, Youth Leaders Urge NJC To Probe Leaked Ruling

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The Arewa Youth and Ethnic Youth Leaders have called on the National Judicial Council, NJC to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged leaked draft ruling by Justice Donatus Okoro of the Federal High Court, Abuja to be delivered on Monday, December 18
to give legal backing to the pro Wike sacked members of the Rivers State House of Assembly already restrained by a court order from parading themselves as lawmakers.

The youth leaders recalled that the
a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt last week gave an interim order, restraining the factional Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule, and his deputy, Hon. Dumle Maol, from forcefully gaining access into the Assembly complex, pending the hearing of the suit before it.

They also recalled that 27 members of the House of Assembly, led by Amaewhule, had on the floor of the House last Monday, announced their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The leaders noted that the lawmakers, who are loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, cited the division within the hierarchy of the PDP at the national level as the main reason for their defection.

However, the leader Arewa Youth,
Kabiru Yusuf in a statement Sunday on behalf of the Ethnic Youth Leaders uncovered in a leaked judgement prepared by the Justice Okoro of Federal High Court, Abuja set to be delivered on Monday planned to give the pro-Wike Assembly member the legal backing as lawmakers and consequently begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

“See the leaked draft of an alleged already written court ruling by one Justice Donatus Okorowo of Federal High Court 8 Abuja on an exparte application secretly filled in the night by pro Wike former lawmakers which the Judge wants to deliver tomorrow being Monday where he wants to stop the declaration of their seat vacant (an action that have been done) and also give them the legitimacy to move in with DSS and police to start the illegal impeachment of Gov. Fubara.

“The draft was mistakenly shared yesterday by a principal officer of pro Wike group in their WhatsApp platform before hurriedly deleting it. The plan is to secure the Justice Okorowo ruling which is already written, deliver it tomorrow and serve Fubara impeachment notice Tuesday.

“The Judge already know that there is an existing High court ruling from Rivers State which barred the former lawmakers from parading themselves and also recognized Edison as new Speaker and instead directing them to appeal it.

“He wants to give the pro- Wike a midnight injunction to enable them embark on the next stage of their madness which will lead to deadly crisis,” the statement reads in part.

According to him, the leaked judgement goes thus: “In the Federal High Court Abuja, Judicial Division Holden at Abuja, Monday 18, Dec 2023 before His Lordship,
Justice D, U. Okorowo in suit no. FHC/ABJ/CS/168 1/2023 between

1. The Rt. Hon. Martin Chike
Amaewuhule (The Honourable Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly)

2. Rt. Hon. Dumle Maol (The Honourable Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly ( and the remaining 25 of the 27 lawmakers)
and,

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), People’s Democratic Party, Rivers State House of Assembly, and others.”

He called on the NJC to, “investigate, intervene in this hatchet ruling by Okoro which does not have negative implication on the judiciary but the entire Nigerian democracy as it subverts the rule of law and abuse of court process of the highest dimension.

“This is also call for anarchy and brazen manipulation of for the judiciary, making the once respected last hope of the common man a cash and carry commodity. This kind of ruling if allows to go will establish and justify that might is right. NJC history and posterity beckons on you to act now and act quickly.”