Impeachment: Court strikes out Amaechi’s suit against Rivers House of Assembly

A High Court in Port Harcourt has struck out the matter between the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and the State House of Assembly.

Governor Amaechi had after the free for all at the Rivers House of Assembly approached the court asking that impeachment processes against him by the lawmakers be stopped.

The request also sought that the removal of the Governor must be subject to strict compliance with the laid down procedures in sections 188 and 189 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as ammended.

While striking out the matter, Justice George Omereji said Governor Amaechi failed to disclose the reasons why the legislators should not carry out their responsibilities.

Justice Omereji said the second arm of government is bound by the constitution.

In his reaction, counsel to the Rivers State Governor, Belu-Olisah Nwofor said all parties would have to abide by the ruling of the court in the meantime.

Nwofor, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, further hinted that the possibility of taking any action against the judgment would be decided by Governor Amaechi.

“Well, the court has given its own opinion on the matter. The court has only played its role by giving a ruling.

“It is not my case. It is the case of His Excellency. It is his decision to be satisfied or be dissatisfied. I will only give him my advice as his counsel.

“Meanwhile, in our suit we did not mention anything about impeachment. Moreover there is no such word as impeachment in the constitution”, he said.

On his part, legal representative of the anti-Amaechi lawmakers, Dike Udenna thanked the court for the judgment, adding that his argument on the matter had been justified.

“It was a detailed and thorough ruling delivered with the court coming to conclusion that the Governor’s case did not disclose any reasonable course of action; that his case is not justifiable and therefore, the matter be struck out. The court specified that the Rivers State House of Assembly cannot be restrained by the Governor,” he added.

The matter was instituted on the 31st of October, 2013.

Author: News Editor

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