Four days after a High Court in Port Harcourt ordered the reinstatement of suspended Obio-Akpor Local Government Chairman and councilors, the Rivers State Government has announced the dissolution of the council.
In statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, George Feyii, the Rivers State Government said Obio-Akpor Chairman, Timothy Nsirim and the 17 councillors should vacate the office with immediate effect and hand-over all council documents to the Head of Personnel Management.
In the meantime, the government ordered Head of Local Government Councils to take over the affairs of Obio-Akpor.
However, in a swift reaction, Chairman of the council, Timothy Nsirim said he would not give up his mandate.
Nsirim said the court had ordered that nobody should interfere with Obio-Akpor Local Government Area affairs
“What the Rivers State government is doing is contemptuous. What the Governor is supposed to do is to go to Appeal Court instead of trying to cause anarchy in this state. God forbid”, he said.
Similarly, the five anti-Amaechi Lawmakers: Evans Bipi, Kelechi Worgu, Victor Ihunwo, Michael Chinda and Martins Amaewhule in a press statement said the Governor had no right to dissolve Obio-Akpor council.