Tribunal sacks Rivers speaker, 20 lawmakers
The Rivers State National Assembly Petitions Tribunal yesterday night in Abuja nullified the election of 21 members of the State House of Assembly.
Top on the list of the sacked legislators is the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Owaji Ibani from Andoni constituency.
Four different panels each with two members are sitting in Abuja over the National and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers State.
The panel, which sat at the FCT High Court in Jabi, also ordered fresh elections within 90 days.
The tribunal cited cases of irregularities and violence among other electoral malpractices which warranted the nullification of the lawmakers’ election victory.
The petition was brought by candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the lawmakers, who were elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 state assembly elections.
The affected lawmakers have indicated their intention to appeal the verdict.