Governor Fubara Unveils ‘Budget of Renewed Hope’ as 27 Lawmakers’ Seats Declared Vacant
In a startling turn of events, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State delivered the 2024 Budget on Wednesday to a newly constituted four-man state Assembly, marking a significant moment in the state’s political landscape. The presentation unfolded against the backdrop of a controversial decision by Edison Ehie, backed by a recent court ruling, to declare the seats of 27 lawmakers vacant following their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Presiding over the four-man assembly, Edison Ehie took charge of the proceedings, asserting his position as the authentic Speaker of the state Assembly, as affirmed by a ruling from the Rivers State High Court on Tuesday.
The budget, aptly named the ‘Budget of Renewed Hope, Consolidation, and Continuity,’ had received prior approval from the Rivers State Executive Council, setting the stage for its official presentation.
The political landscape witnessed further upheaval during Wednesday’s proceedings when Edison Ehie, in a bold move, declared the seats of 27 out of the 32 lawmakers who had defected to the APC vacant. This announcement adds a layer of complexity to the already dynamic political scenario in Rivers State.
As the state grapples with these developments, the presentation of the budget and the subsequent declaration of vacant seats signal a new chapter in Rivers State politics, with Governor Siminalayi Fubara navigating through the challenges with an eye on renewed hope and continuity.
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