6 APC, 6 PDP lawmakers sworn-in as Rivers Assembly gets new speaker

Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani , who represents Andoni Constituency has been elected Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Mr. Ibani was elected after Adams Dabotorudima resigned from the position on Friday.

Mr. Ibani was the speaker until the Court of Appeal nullified his election into the House last year and he consequently resigned from the seat.

He was re-elected in the December 10 legislative rerun elections in the state.

Mr. Dabotorudima resigned shortly after administering oath of office on those declared winners of the rerun poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Si x members each from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, were sworn-in as lawmakers.

The PDP lawmakers sworn-in include Farah Dagogo, Degema Constituency; Adonye Diri, Opobo/Nkoro Constituency; Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, Andoni Constituency; Granville Tekenari Wellington, Asari-Toru Constituency 1; Enemi Alabo-George, Asari-Toru Constituency II; and Hon Abinye Blessing Pepple, Bonny Constituency.

The APC lawmakers sworn-in include Victoria Nyeche, Port Harcourt Constituency 1; Mathew Dike, Tai Constituency; Josiah Olu, Eleme Constituency; Innocent Barikor, Gokana Constituency; Friday Nubari Nke-ee, Khana Constituency II; and Azubuike Wanjoku representing Ikwerre Constituency.


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  • Burbank

    Rivers State is equally represented by APC and PDP in the Rivers State state government!
    Change is indeed here!

    • D’analyst

      They aren’t equally represented, PDP won almost all the seats in the initial election that was plagued with violence. They rigged APC out then using federal might and sponsored thugs. These 12 constituencies are those where APC secured reelection decision in the tribunal that now afforded them the opportunity to clinch some seats. Both parties got a 50 50 result, no Mbu factor for PDP and no Patience Jonathan misplaced “federal might”

      • Burbank

        True words

      • iwe paul

        Rubbish talk. APC used federal might this time around to get the seats they got with rigging and illegal police/army support,or you pretend not to have heard or seen all what happened during the re-run elections. In a true free and fair election in rivers state of today,APC cannot win a single seat anywhere in Rivers state. Change cannot mean doing the same thing your predecessors in office did. and let us not fall into the trap of thinking that it is only pdp that rigs elections,when the same characters that rigged elections in PDP are now in APC shouting change, without any evidence of change in them. Finally,i sense a gloating in you ,happy that APC has won some seats in Rivers state, all well and good. Please know that there is no difference between Amaechi and Wike in Rivers politics, they are both birds of the same feather,who have frolicked together,and “eaten from the devils plate together”. However, Amaechi is running against a strong current in Rivers state which is against him. Nobody in Rivers state sent him on any mission to antagonize President Jonathan, nor his wife, or to abandon his mandate freely given to him under PDP to join APC. And vitally,he did not have a spectacular performance as Governor of Rivers state,which would have given him a lot of leverage in Rivers politics to tell people where to go(witness Akpabio in Akwa-ibom state–his spectacular performance there means PDP might never loose any elections there in the forseeable future, or ACN/APC in lagos state). So Wike is benefitting from all these factors ,certainly not because he is a better person than Amaechi, but i dare say he is no worse than him.

        • D’analyst

          Hoe does this bitter sermon help your case. On the platform of character how do you compare despicable Wike to Amaechi? Amaechi earned his reputation as a non-violent fighter in this country. If he employed federal might like Wike did with Jonathan, PDP wouldn’t have gotten a pin during the rerun. For instance if I ask you who the police CP of Rivers is, you will have to google to get his name but under Jonathan the name Mbu was a household name, he kept issuing threat to the sitting governor Amaechi as directed by the president and his wife Patience all in a bid to rig Wike into office. Mbu’s men even shot popular senator Abe who was flown overseas for treatment. Oga! we cannot forget these things in a hurry. PDP hates free and fair elections because they always loose out, it’s not even only about Rivers. Just that in Rivers they kill anyone that stand in their way.
          Come to Lagos and you will see PDP winning areas where Igbos have high concentration and gave them support and the ruling APC has no problem with that but go to Rivers and the senseless PDP riggers will rig in a manner to create the impression that even Amaechi voted for PDP candidate. Mtcheeeew!!!

          • iwe paul

            You have just betrayed your total ignorance of contending issues in rivers politics,but i love the healthy discussion. Wike was Amaechi’s chief of staff when he was Governor and Amaechi recommended him to be a minister in Jonathan’s government. I believe you are aware of those facts. A fruit as the say does not fall far from its tree. I had a good laugh when you described any of them as non-violent fighters. They are both very “violent fighters” to use your descriptions and do not take kindly to opposition to there stated positions. I remember when Amaechi as a sitting governor demolished the campaign offices of Abiye Sekeibo in Port-Harcourt, because he dared to contest against him. He first sealed of the place, and then demolished it with bulldozers. My dear, dont be deceived by any of these personalities in Rivers state. They have rigged elections together, are very,very violent in nature,words and disposition( remember the disgusting video of amaechi’s majoriy leader in the rivers state house of assembly,CHIDI LLOYD, BRUTALIZING a fellow lawmaker in the house of assembly with the mace,with AMAECHI physically present and approving while that was going on–hope you have watched that video). Fortunately, Rivers indigenes know them much better than you and i. You are obviously not from Rivers state. Anyway,my point essentially is there is absolutely nothing to choose between the duo. They are the same kind of rotten,despicable and short-sighted politicians masquerading as leaders all over our country. Don’t be deceived,and i dont write with bitterness,my guy.

  • Opposition is good for democracy
    Minority leader and other posts at the state’s house of Assembly will be going to APC lawmakers