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Appeal Court delivers verdict on removal of Pro-Wike lawmakers in Rivers Assembly



A Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, has refused to reverse the removal of Martin Amaewhule and 26 others as members of the Rivers state house of assembly for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in December 2023.

Amaewhule has filed a case on behalf of twenty-five others, challenging an order of injunction granted by the Rivers state high court, restraining them from parading themselves as lawmakers and that their acclaimed defection was invalid.

As reported by TVC News, the appellate court gave the verdict on Friday, June 14.

According to SaharaReporters, the court deemed the Appellants’ Brief of Argument as filed, accelerated hearing and a stay of further proceedings at the High Court.

The court also refused to grant the Appellants’ prayer for stay of execution and the setting aside of the interim order of the State High Court, stating that granting the prayer would amount to determining the appeal at this stage.

The judge therefore ordered that the Appellants must maintain the present status quo pending the hearing of the appeal.

The court ordered that the Respondents are to file their briefs within 72 hours of being served and adjourned the hearing of the appeal to Thursday, June 20.



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