July 19, 2024

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Truth Emerges On What Rivers High Court Decided On Fate Of Sacked Assembly Men

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Edith CHUKU

The Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Dagogo Israel Iboroma, has described report that the court declared and affirmed Martins Amaewhule as Speaker of the State House of Assembly as false claims and misrepresentation.

Iboroma in a release on Tuesday night after obtaining the certified true copy (CTC) of the Monday court judgement in Port Harcourt, maintained that the State High Court neither declared nor affirmed Martin Amaewhule as Speaker of the House of Assembly.

He insisted that the certified true copy (CTC) of court judgement validates the government’s position on the matter.

The AG also urged media practitioners to desist from giving interpretations to court judgements by fiat, emotional or other shades of persuasions.

He advised that journalists should first obtain the judgement in order to read it thoroughly to gain proper understanding or at best, seek competent legal advice before going to press.

The briefing was to restate his earlier position that there was no court ruling that ever declared or affirmed Martin Amaewhule and 26 others as members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Rivers State House of Assembly.

He said, “Yesterday (Monday), I briefed the press and made the point that there is a misrepresentation of the judgement of the High Court of Rivers State in Suit No. DHC/20/CS/2024 in social, print, and electronic media.

“My position has been confirmed and vindicated by the Certified True Copy of the court order in Suit No. DHC/20/CS/2024.”

Iboroma noted that a court order embodied the enforceable decisions of a court, adding that in this case in focus, the enforceable orders of the court will necessarily entail the specific pronouncements of the court.

He listed the three orders of the court in the judgement to include: “That this Suit be and is hereby dismissed/struck out for want of jurisdiction.

“That the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) be and is hereby joined as 4th defendant.

“That the claimants’ case be and is hereby dismissed for lacking in merit.”

He further added that, “Contrary to the false claims and misrepresentation in social, print and electronic media, the court did not make a declaration that Martin Amaewhule is the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, neither did it make a declaration that Martin Amaewhule and 26 others are members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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“If it were so, it would have been embodied in the court orders which have been circulated to you all and displayed by me here for the purpose of clarity.”

Iboroma regretted that by the deliberate misrepresentation of yesterday (Monday), the court was painted in bad light and the public misled with such misinformation.

“Whatever finding of fact that is not included in the court order is an Obiter Dictum, which has no binding force.

“Once again, I respectively urge the media to desist from giving any interpretation to any judgement without first reading the content of the judgement and seeking legal advice,” the attorney-general added.

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