Edison Ehie, who was previously ousted as the Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, has now been elected as the new Speaker of the state Assembly.
In a statement from the Speaker’s Office, Ehie also took action to suspend certain members of the house who were deemed to be violating principles.
The situation intensifies with a fire outbreak at the State House of Assembly, with some government officials suggesting it was an intentional act by Ehie to prevent the governor’s impeachment.
As a result, Ehie was removed from his position as Majority Leader on Monday, as he was held responsible for the fire incident.
Earlier, Governor Fubara had stated that he had not committed any wrongdoing to warrant impeachment, while addressing his supporters in Port Harcourt.
He warned that any attempt to remove him through impeachment that is not justified will be resisted.
Meanwhile, in the release after he emerged speaker, Ehie said, “I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits.
Today, I stand before you as the newly elected Speaker of the 10th Assembly of Rivers State House of Assembly, humbled by the trust you have placed in me to lead our great state.
“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of responsibility that I address you regarding recent events in our esteemed Assembly. As your chosen representatives, we have a sacred duty to uphold the values of integrity, accountability, and dedication to public service.
“Regrettably, it has come to my attention that some members of our Assembly have fallen short of these principles. In light of their actions, which undermine the trust and faith you have bestowed upon us, I have taken the difficult decision to suspend the defaulted members from their legislative duties.
“Rest assured, this decision was not made lightly. We are committed to ensuring that the Rivers State House of Assembly continues to be a beacon of hope and progress for all our people. We will work tirelessly to restore your trust in our institution and fulfill the promises we made to you.
“I urge you, my fellow citizens, to remain steadfast in your support for a united and prosperous Rivers State. Together, we will overcome challenges and build a future where honesty, accountability, and transparency prevail.”