Hon. Edision Ehie, the factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, has officially stepped down from his role as Speaker and member of the Assembly representing Ahaoda East Constituency 2,Daily Trust report.
In his letter of resignation, dated December 29, 2023, and addressed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ehie did not explicitly state the reasons behind his decision but expressed gratitude to his colleagues in the Assembly for their collaborative efforts and extended appreciation to his constituency for their unwavering support during his tenure.
Formerly the majority leader of the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly, Ehie faced suspension by the House following an unsuccessful impeachment attempt against Governor Similanayi Fubara. Subsequently, he declared himself the factional Speaker with the backing of four Assembly members.
Governor Similanayi Fubara, during the presentation of the State’s 2024 appropriation bill, engaged with the four-member faction led by Ehie. Daily Trust reported that Ehie’s resignation might be linked to the eight-point resolution established with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during a recent peace meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
As a reminder, part of the resolution from the meeting involving the President, Governor Fubara, his predecessor and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and other stakeholders was the agreement for Ehie to step aside, making way for the pro-Wike Speaker, Martins Amaehwule.