Following the delisting of Celestine Omehia as a former governor of Rivers State by the state Assembly, Daniel Bwala, the spokesperson for the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, has said that the Assembly would lose in court if Omehia decides to seek legal redress.
According to Bwala, delisting Omehia entailed refusing to acknowledge the formal actions he took while serving as governor, such as endorsing certain nominations and signing legislation. The state Assembly, according to Bwala, cannot approve and reject at the same time.
The Rivers Assembly asked Omehia to return the N96.5 million in perks he obtained as a former governor within seven days after decertifying him as such on Thursday.
Additionally, the derecognition of the previous governor was about to be signed by the state’s governor, Nyesom Wike.
Reacting on Arise TV interview, aired Friday morning, the Atiku spokesperson said, “If it is possible for either a House of Assembly or National Assembly, to pass a law delisting the history of a public officer, it means official acts carried by him would be deemed as null and void. And you know during the period, Omehia must have signed bills into law; during the period, Omehia must have signed contract; during the period, Omehia may have appointed people. There are certain acts he would have performed.
“So, if you have the capacity to delist him, you cannot approbate and reprobate, you must also invalidate all the official acts that he has conducted.”
If Omehia took the case to court, according to Bwala, the Assembly would likely lose.
“It is not even a legally serious issue that you will say it is 50-50, and any law that is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution, that law, to the extent of the inconsistency, is null and void. So if Omehia should go to the court, before the case is even mentioned, it is thrown out,” he said.
This incident takes place while the PDP’s internal crises, particularly the one involving Atiku and Wike, worsens. Omehia is rumored to be an ardent admirer of Atiku.