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Appeal Court reserves ruling on Rivers State House of Assembly leadership tussle

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The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has reserved judgment in the lawsuit involving Martin Amaewhule and 24 co-plaintiffs versus Victor Oko-Jumbo and other defendants.

The court, on Thursday, opted to deliver its ruling at a later date.

A three-member panel of justices, comprising Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada, Justice Hama Barka, and Justice Balkisu Aliyu, made this ruling on Thursday during a virtual hearing of appeal number CA/PHC/198/2024.

Justice Charles Wali of the State High Court in Port Harcourt issued the interim injunction, which Martin Amaewhule and 24 others are contesting.

Persecondnews recalls that Wali declared their seats in the state House of Assembly vacant, pending the outcome of the lawsuit, and also directed them to cease claiming to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Rivers State House of Assembly, effective immediately, until the court reaches a final decision on the matter.

Unhappy with the High Court’s ruling, Amaewhule and others took their case to the Court of Appeal in the state, seeking to overturn the decision and obtain a stay of execution.

On June 14, the appellate court heard the matter and directed both parties to maintain the current state of affairs until further orders. The court also instructed the appellants to serve all relevant documents on the respondents.

In the appeal, Amaewhule seeks to overturn the interim orders issued by the High Court and questions the lower court’s authority to hear the case.

However, the Court of Appeal has decided to reserve its judgment on the matter, with the exact date for the decision to be announced later to all parties involved.

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