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Again, Rivers Assembly overrides Fubara, passes LG bill into law

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The political face-off between the governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara and the House of Assembly appears to have taken another bitter angle, as the House has passed the local government Amendment Bill into law without the assent of the governor.

The Assembly on Monday, April 22, defied the state High Court’s order directing the status quo on the issue of elongating the tenure of elected local government officials, which formed part of the amendment.

The House was said to have also screened and confirmed members of the chairman and other members of the Assembly Service Commission in the spirit of the new law.

Recall that the House had on March 13, 2024, passed the local government (Amendment) Bill and forwarded same to Fubara for assent, which the governor declined.

Section 100(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, empowers the House to override the governor, where he withholds his assent.

The Bill was represented before the House by the Majority Leader, Hon. Major Jack and debated upon by members.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule put the question, and with a two-third majority votes, the House agreed to override the governor and passed the Bill into Law.

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