by Ayobami Olopade
Rivers state Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), a socio-political organisation with the Supervising Minister for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, as the grand patron have challenged Monday’s court order by Justice C. N. Wali of the Rivers High Court, Ahoada, which ordered controversial lawmaker, Evans Bipi to stop parading himself as the Speaker of the state House of Assembly. They described the ruling as “fraudulent.”
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Rivers state PDP Chairman on Media, Jerry Needam, dismissed the ruling as premeditated. “We believe that due legal process was not followed in the determination of the matter, as a case that was instituted at the Ahoada High Court Registry on December 13, would on December 16 be discharged in favour of the claimants. We will drag Justice Wali to the National Judicial Council’s (NJC’s) Disciplinary Committee on reckless interim orders.”
At a news conference in Port Harcourt yesterday, the GDI though its President-General, Bright Amewhule and the group’s Secretary-General, Samuel Nwanosike, asserted that Evans Bipi, who represents Ogu/Bolo, remained the “authentic” Speaker of the House of Assembly, against the declaration of the court.
The group, said to be a stooge of Wike, alleged that the order by Justice C N. Wali was obtained through fraudulent means and would not be respected. “We are not surprised that the purported order came from Hon. Justice Wali, who was recently appointed by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, because he who pays the piper calls the tune. It remains doubtful that a High Court judge will make such an anarchical order. The good people of Rivers State are desirous of knowing which Chief Judge assigned the said ex-parte motion to Hon. Justice Wali. It is public knowledge that the office of the CJ of Rivers State has remained vacant to date.”
GDI also accused the leaders of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of causing mischief while emphasising that Rivers would continue to be a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state.
Meanwhile, the PDP also condemned Wali’s propensity of giving orders in favour of Amaechi, without recourse to the rule of law and due process while it called on its supporters to always strive to remain calm in every situation.