Nigerian Court Invalidates the 2024 Rivers State Budget

Nigerian Court Invalidates the 2024 Rivers State Budget

In December, Governor Siminalayi Fubara presented an N800 billion Appropriation Bill for the 2024 fiscal year to a five-member assembly. This assembly, which was loyal to the governor, passed the bill into law. However, the Federal High Court in Abuja has now nullified this passage.

The Factional Assembly

The assembly loyal to Governor Fubara moved the plenary session to the Government House in Port Harcourt. This happened because the assembly complex was being demolished by Governor Fubara’s administration. During this session, the 27 members of the House of Assembly who were loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the immediate governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, were absent.

Governor Fubara Presents 2024 Budget to Rivers Lawmakers

The Nullification

The Federal High Court in Abuja has declared the passage of the 2024 Rivers State appropriation bill by the five-member faction of the State House of Assembly as invalid. This faction was headed by Edison Ehie, who was loyal to Governor Fubara. The court’s decision means that the bill is no longer considered law.

Resignation of Edison Ehie

Following the court’s decision, Edison Ehie, the factional Speaker of the State House of Assembly loyal to Governor Fubara, tendered his resignation. He also quit as a member of the State Assembly. In his resignation letter addressed to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ehie expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve and promised to continue giving his best in service to Rivers State in the future.

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