The faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly led by Victor Oko-Jumbo on Monday screened and confirmed a commissioner nominee, Dagogo Iboroma, sent by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The event, held on Monday, marked the assembly’s first legislative session following the election of new principal officers.

During the screening process, nominee Dagogo Iboroma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, expressed his commitment to upholding the rule of law and serving the state diligently.

The session was attended by lawmakers supporting Governor Fubara, along with principal officers and former assembly members.

Speaker Victor Oko-Jumbo commended Governor Fubara for providing an auditorium in the government house as a temporary chamber following the recent fire incident at the main assembly complex.

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A motion was then moved to adopt the auditorium as the new chamber for legislative activities.

However, the relocation of the assembly’s sitting venue has sparked controversy, with human rights lawyer Femi Falana faulting Governor Fubara’s decision.

Falana argued that the executive order directing the assembly to convene at the Government House was unconstitutional, emphasizing the independence of the legislative arm.

Governor Fubara had issued an executive order citing safety concerns about the assembly complex, but Falana insisted that such decisions should be made by the properly constituted members of the assembly.

He also questioned the legitimacy of lawmakers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), suggesting they had lost their seats.

The debate underscores broader concerns about the separation of powers and constitutional principles governing legislative proceedings. As the controversy unfolds, stakeholders are closely watching how it will impact the functioning of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the broader political landscape in the state.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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