Legal expert asserts limitations on state assembly leader’s power to declare seats vacant

Anele's remarks come at a critical juncture in the ongoing political crisis that has gripped the state, shedding light on the intricacies of legislative power

Rivers, Nigeria: In the midst of a brewing political storm in the state assembly, legal practitioner Emmanuel Anele has emphatically asserted that Edison Ehie, the leader of one faction, lacks the authority to declare the seats of lawmakers in the opposing group vacant.

Anele’s remarks come at a critical juncture in the ongoing political crisis that has gripped the state, shedding light on the intricacies of legislative power.


In an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, Anele meticulously dissected the legal framework surrounding the declaration of lawmakers‘ seats as vacant, challenging the actions taken by Edison Ehie.

The legal expert argued that existing laws do not confer the power upon the leader of one assembly group to unilaterally declare the seats of 27 members in the opposing faction as vacant.

“The law does not empower Edison Ehie to declare the seats of those lawmakers vacant,” Anele asserted during the interview, underscoring the need to examine legal provisions governing such matters carefully.

His comments come as a crucial contribution to the ongoing discourse surrounding the political turmoil and power struggles within the state assembly.

The state assembly has been plunged into chaos following a deepening divide between two factions, each led by prominent figures with conflicting interests.

Edison Ehie, as the leader of one group, had taken the controversial step of declaring the seats of 27 lawmakers aligned with the opposing faction vacant.


However, Anele’s legal analysis challenges the legitimacy of such actions, suggesting that due process and legal constraints must be adhered to even in the face of political turbulence.

Anele further elucidated the constitutional safeguards in place to prevent the arbitrary exercise of power, emphasizing the importance of upholding democratic principles and the rule of law.

He urged all stakeholders involved in the political crisis to seek lawful avenues for resolution, avoiding actions that could undermine the democratic fabric of the state.

As the political drama unfolds, legal experts, political analysts, and the public are closely monitoring the developments within the state assembly.

Anele’s legal insights add a valuable dimension to the ongoing discourse, prompting a reevaluation of the actions taken by Edison Ehie and the potential implications for the political landscape.

In the coming days, it remains to be seen how the legal arguments presented by Anele will influence the trajectory of the political crisis and whether stakeholders will heed the call for a measured and legally sound resolution to the contentious issues at hand.


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