Politics, Society

Falana Explodes

Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has bared his mind on the political crisis in Rivers State.

He said: “I would like to assume that the governor issued that executive order before the intervention of the High Court in Rivers State. The House is independent of the executive, so the governor cannot tell the house where to sit.”

“This was very clear in the Oyo State case, which led to the impeachment of Governor Ladoja, whereby, under the influence of the late Chief Lamidi Adedibu, the House was alleged to have sat in a hotel and the Supreme Court made that point abundantly clear that an impeachment carried out in a hotel deviates clearly from the Constitution.”

“So any sitting of the House outside the premises of the House of Assembly complex will not be known to law; will not be recognized by law.”

“If there is a need for a sitting elsewhere, the members of the House of Assembly, properly constituted, will have to decide where to carry out their meeting.”

For those who don’t know, Governor Fubara on Friday issued an executive order for the immediate and temporary relocation of the sitting of the Rivers State Assembly to the Auditorium, Admin Block of the Government House, Port Harcourt.

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