Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. has blamed the Rivers State House of Assembly for recognising Celestine Omehia as a former Governor of the state in 2015.

He said the action of the State 32-member legislature was in violation of an extant Supreme Court judgement which ousted Omehia and said he never existed as governor in the eyes of the law.

The governor explained that with the benefit of hindsight, the leader of the state assembly even alluded to the judgement of the apex court ousting Omehia, which said he never stood for any election.

Wike said this in Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, when he signed a legal instrument into law de-recognising Omehia as former governor of the state, when it was presented to him by the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor.

He said the signing was an executive action sequel to the resolution of the State House of Assembly during its plenary on Thursday.

Wike explained that with the signing, the recognition that accorded Omehia the status of a former governor, with accruable rights and benefits are now cancelled.

The governor disclosed that he had always respected resolutions from the State Assembly and never had any reason to disagree with them.

This was contained in a statement issued by Kelvin Ebiri, media aide to the governor and made available to newsmen yesterday.

Credit: Punch

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