*Anti Amaechi lawmakers say the House must sit based on judgment of the court
*Pro-Amaechi lawmakers file appeal to ensure NASS continues to legislate for Rivers Assembly
Despite moving publicly to sit and with full media presence on all counts, the pro-Amaechi lawmakers have appealed the judgment that permits the Rivers State House of Assembly to sit and make laws, declaring that they prefer the National Assembly to continue to hold sway.
On Friday, the Amaechi media team misled majority of online and print media organizations into writing that the police had allowed the anti-Amaechi lawmakers to gain entry into the assembly complex and they had commenced the impeachment process of the embattled governor. As usual, none of the media organizations who reported that false report has apologized to Nigerians that they misled.
Recall, that on Friday Scan News was the first medium to tell you that the police had prevented both pro-Amaechi and anti Amaechi lawmakers from gaining access to the complex. Later in the evening, the other media organizations were compelled to write the correct version of the events.
The Pro-Amaechi factional speaker, Mr. Otelemaba Amachree, pleaded with the Inspector General of Police to take note of the appeal filed against the judgment that stopped the National Assembly from legislating for the Rivers State House of Assembly and act accordingly.
In the letter, dated December 12, and signed by the lawyer to the Speaker and the …House of Assembly, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) the police boss was asked to note that a Motion had been filed to challenge the judgment.
Contrary to the public display, the pro-Amaechi lawmakers appealed to the Inspector General of Police not to open the Assembly for legislative business as directed by the Abuja Federal High Court.
According to the letter by the pro-Amaechi speaker, “ Re:Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/500/2013. Barr Tamunoteim Asobari&Anor V.The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 8 others
“We are glad to learn that your officers in Rivers State prevented some members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from sitting in the Parliament today(12/12/13) on the ground that a copy of the judgement has not been presented to the police.
“It thus mean that the judgment of the court has not been executed in any way. Meanwhile, shortly after the judgment, we filed an appeal along with a Motion for Stay of Execution and Injunction.
“We caused the two processes to be served on your office yesterday vide our letter dated 11 December, 2013.”
The lawyer said that the implication of the two processes was that effect could not be given to the judgment delivered until the Motion filed by the appellants were disposed of.
He quoted the words of a former judge of the Supreme Court, late Justice Kayode Eso in the case of Governor of Lagos State v. Ojukwu (1986) to bourses his point.
The judge said, “They have no right to take the matter into their own hands once the Court was seized of it. The essence of the Rule of Law is that it should never operate under the Rule of force or fear.”
The senior advocate said that with the “court seized of the motion for stay and injunctions, the status quo is to be maintained pending the disposal of the motion.”
However, anti-Amaechi factional speaker of the House, Mr Evans Bipi told newsmen that the pro-Amaechi lawmakers and their principal remain insincere and are acting public drama. He said that the judgment will be duly served on the Police by next week and the Assembly will resume sitting.
He stated that most of the lawmakers were now on the side of the Rivers people and will sit under his leadership, hence the fear on the part of the remaining few Amaechi supporters.
Bipi said: “Most of the lawmakers are on our side. That is why Amaechi is afraid and is fighting desperately to stop us from sitting. We will not allow him to sell Rivers State to some political traders”.