The political crisis in Rivers State worsened on Wednesday with the unannounced commencement of the demolition of the state House of Assembly complex.
No fewer than 11 bulldozers had driven into the premises of Assembly and immediately began to demolish the complex.
The demolition of the Assembly complex is coming barely 24 hours after a Rivers State High Court recognised Governor Fubara’s loyalist, Edison Ehie as the Speaker of the House pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
The bulldozers could be seen around the complex bringing down the Assembly building.
The demolition is being done under tight security.
The sudden demolition of the Assembly complex also began as the factional Speaker, Edison Ehie and other lawmakers loyal to Governor Siminalayi Fubara rounded off their early morning sitting.
Ehie, it was learnt, had told the other lawmakers at the sitting that the Assembly complex was due for repairs due to the explosion that occurred in the building on October 30, 2023.
He, however, said the Governor would provide an alternative place for them to hold their sittings in the meantime.
On Monday, the spat between Governor Fubara and his godfather, who is also the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, degenerated when 27 out of the 32 lawmakers in the state Assembly, who are loyal to Wike, defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to the opposition All Progressives Congress.