Tensions escalated in Rivers State on Wednesday as bulldozers rolled into the state House of Assembly complex, initiating its demolition. This controversial action unfolded just hours after a faction of lawmakers, led by Edison Ehie, convened a morning session.
Ehie justified the demolition, citing the need for repairs following a recent explosion that damaged the building on October 30, 2023. He assured that the governor would provide an alternative location for legislative sessions in the interim.
The demolition, conducted under tight security, further intensified the existing political crisis in the state. This follows the defection of 27 PDP lawmakers to the APC, deepening the rift between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.
The state government, through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, defended the demolition, stating that the building had become unfit for use after the October fire. This fire incident, according to reports, occurred amid alleged attempts by some lawmakers to impeach Governor Fubara.
The demolition remains a contentious issue, sparking debate and raising concerns about the future of the state legislature. The coming days will likely see further developments and reactions to this significant action.
Source: Punch Ng