The ongoing political turmoil in Rivers State seems to be heading towards a resolution as Edison Ehie, the representative for Ahoada East Constituency II in the Rivers State House of Assembly, has withdrawn his contempt proceedings suit against 25 of the 27 lawmakers who defected.
Last December, Ehie, a key ally of Governor Siminalayi Fubara, declared the seats of the 27 lawmakers vacant following their shift from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). This move fueled political tensions, with Ehie leading a group of four lawmakers loyal to Governor Fubara.
However, following a peace deal between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, Ehie resigned from his position in the House of Assembly. As a result, he is now discontinuing and withdrawing his contempt suit against the 25 lawmakers.
During the hearing of pending applications before the court, Mac-Barango Esq, the Claimant’s counsel, informed the court about the filed Notice of Discontinuance. He requested the court to acknowledge and enforce the said Notice, a request uncontested by the defendant’s counsel, leading to the striking out of the case by the judge.