...Disquiet in sacked dep-gov's camp over A' Court order

THE SUN Newspaper- Femi Folaranmi

There is disquiet in the camp of the sacked Bayelsa State deputy-governor, Mr. Peremobowei Ebebi over the interpretation of the Court of Appeal order on the suit challenging his impeachment by the House of Assembly.

This is just as the state government yesterday insisted that there is no controversy in the state as Mr. Werinipre Seibarugu remains the Deputy- Governor.

Loyalists of Ebebi who had initially expressed joy when the news of the Court of Appeal order filtered into Yenagoa, became downcast when they had access to the court proceedings but could not find anywhere the court ordered that Ebebi be reinstated.

They were further disappointed when a core loyalist of the sacked deputy-governor, Miss Dora Oru, was unceremoniously dropped as Commissioner for Gender Development in a minor cabinet reshuffle that took place hours after Seibarugu was inaugurated. Checks indicated that the legal team has started working on the main appeal to ensure their client returns back to office.

A source close to legal team in an interview said the preoccupation of the team is now to work on the substantive appeal. The Bayelsa state government in a statement issued by Doifie Ola, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, the government restated its commitment to the rule of law and would not do anything that would jeopardize the constitution of the country.

“Bayelsa State is committed to the rule of law. It has been the practice since the inception of this
administration. All the actions of the State Executive have been taken with keen understanding of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” Meanwhile the Action Congress (AC) Bayelsa State chapter has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the constituency seat of Seibarugu vacant and conduct a bye-election within 90 days.


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