'How will four members declare the seats of 27 lawmakers vacant' – Questions from lawyers

A lawyer and public affairs analyst, Jiti Ogunye, has described the presentation of the Rivers State budget to four members of the House Assembly as absurd.

Ogunye, in an interview on Channels TV, also wondered how four lawmakers would announce the seats of 27 members who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Following the political crisis in Rivers State, President Bola Tinubu on Monday met with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, Governor Fubara, Peter Odili and various Rivers stakeholders.

At the end of the meeting, a truce was reached to resolve the political crisis in the state.

Speaking on the crisis in Rivers State, Ogunye said: “It is absurd for a governor to present a budget to three or four members of the House of Representatives. How can four members declare the seat of 27 members vacant?

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“I insist that a political solution be found. That doesn't mean we're breaking the law. I am saying that all too often issues that do not belong in court are brought to court. The courts are being abused by politicians.”

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Ogunye said he was impressed by the resolution the two warring leaders agreed to on Monday after a meeting with President Tinubu.

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