• Asks him to refund N600m benefits, N97m pension
Patrick Kelechi – The Rivers State House Assembly on Thursday, delisted Celestine Omehia from the list of former Governors of the state.
The decision was taken during plenary at the Assembly on Thursday.
DAILY COURIER reports that all 21 members present voted in support of the four prayers by the leader of the House, Martin Amaewmule.
Amaewmule had moved the motion to reverse an earlier resolution of the 8th Assembly on June 30, 2015, which compelled the Executive Arm, headed by Governor Nyesom Wike, to recognise Omehia as a former governor and be accorded all entitlements, privileges and benefits.
He argued that the continued recognition of Omehia in that capacity will be a bridge of the Supreme Court judgement which in 2007 removed Omehia as a governor for not being the duly elected candidate in that year’s election.
The lawmaker also submitted a copy of the Nigerian Weekly Law Report that contains the landmark judgement which removed Omehia from office and declared Rotimi Amaechi as the duly elected candidate of the PDP at the time and the right person to occupy the office of the Governor.
He said the motion is being moved now to reverse the earlier resolution because the 9th Assembly has a better knowledge and particulars on the said Supreme Court Judgement.
Amaewmule who represents Obio/Akpor Constituency one submitted four prayers to the house for endorsement.
The prayers include: “The House rescind its earlier resolution that Omehia be recognised.
“Omehia ceases to use the title “HIS EXCELLENCY”
“Omehia stops using the acronym “GSSRS”, meaning, Grand Service Star of Rivers State, which is a state honour meant for an incumbent and former Governors alone.
“Omehia refunds all monitory entitlements received from the Rivers State Government, which includes about N600m benefits he received from the State as a former governor.
All 21 members, who voted for the derecognition of Omehia as a former governor, also ordered him to return about N97m he had so far received as pension to the treasury of the State.
“Any other decisions that the house deemed necessary.
The motion was seconded by the Whip of the House, Evans Bipi.”
In a debate, all the lawmakers who made contributions, including the representative of Celestine Omehia’s constituency in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Anselm Oguguo agreed to the prayers.
Some of the lawmakers, however, requested that a specific decision be made on what action to take if Celestine Omehia fails to refund the monetary benefits.
Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, said the house was right in taking the decision because no law is absolute.