By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, has laid to rest, the controversy over the emergence of Benibo Anabraba of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as Minority Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly.
Trial judge, Justice C. Green, in her judgement, held thatd the House was in order to have elected the opposition party member as Minority Leader of the House, adding that the action was in agreement with the Standing Orders of the House.
The judge said that the Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi Ibani, was right to have also administered the oath of office on Anabraba, saying that it was in line with order 10 Rule 1 of the Standing orders.
It will be recalled that the opposition APC in the state had kicked against the emergence of Anabraba as Minority Leader after he was nominated by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members in the House to contest the office.
Counsel to Anabraba, Mr Wori Wori, said he did not expect anything contrary because the law was clear.
“The standing orders of the House did not draw any distinction as to who should elect an officer of the House and the court cannot input what is not in the provision,” he said.
On his part, Counsel to the APC , Nemi Erema expressed dissatisfaction with the judgement, saying it was not the duty of the majority party to nominate for the minority party who should be its Minority Leader.
“It is not the position of the majority party to choose who should be the leader of the minority party, so it is a case that should be tested on appeal, “ he said.