The legal representative for Governor Siminalaye Fubara, Damian Okoro, has not initiated steps to retract a lawsuit aimed at preventing the Rivers State House of Assembly from impeaching his client.
The case, identified by suit number IHC/230/2023 and involving Fubara versus the Assembly, was addressed at the Isiokpo Division of the Rivers State High Court, presided over by Justice Ben Whyte, on Wednesday. During the proceedings, Ferdinand Orbih, the counsel for the Assembly, expressed anticipation that the plaintiff should withdraw the case in line with the reported resolution.
Responding to Orbih’s remarks, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Damian Okoro clarified that his client had not provided him with instructions to withdraw the case. Okoro emphasized, “I have not been briefed by my client to withdraw the case, and therefore, I am unable to take such action based on information circulating in the media.”
Considering the arguments presented by both attorneys, Justice Ben Whyte, the presiding judge, decided to adjourn the hearing to January 31, 2024. This adjournment grants Okoro the opportunity to consult with his client and report any progress related to a potential settlement, if applicable.