Rivers State House of Assembly has mocked Hon. Edison, Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s loyalist, saying he was never the Speaker of the Assembly.
Ehie was the Assembly’s majority leader but declared himself the Speaker when a political crisis rocked the State. On December 29, 2023, he quit his position as the Speaker and member representing Ahaoda East Constituency 11 in the Assembly.
A high court in the State also held that he should be regarded as the Speaker pending the determination of a substantive suit before it.
However, Emeka Amadi, the Clerk of the Assembly, in a press statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said he was never elected the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and should not claim to have resigned from such revered office.
“The attention of the Rivers State House of Assembly has been drawn to a letter dated 29 December 2023, addressed to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and circulating in the media. It was purportedly written and signed by Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie DSSRS – member representing Ahoada East Constituency II in the Rivers State of Assembly wherein he claimed to have resigned from the position of the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, an office he never occupied.
“I am therefore directed to call on the good people of Rivers State to disregard the false claim in this letter that is intended to mislead the unsuspecting public. Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie DSSRS was never at any time in the life of the Rivers State House of Assembly elected a Speaker. The Office of the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly is a creation of the 1999 Constitution (As altered) and should not be ridiculed by any member who swore to preserve it and abide by the Constitution.
“As a matter of fact, on Monday, the 5th day of June 2023, after the proclamation of the 10 Rivers State House of Assembly by the Governor, and in line with Section 92 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (As altered), I, as the then Acting Clerk of the House, conducted the election that produced Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule, DSSRS, as the Speaker of the 10 Rivers State House of Assembly by the unanimous votes of all other thirty-one (31) members sitting and present. It is also imperative to state that, from the 5th day of June 2023, when he was elected till today, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule, DSSRS, has been performing his duties as the Speaker,” he said.