The controversy surrounding who should become the authentic minority leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly has assumed a new twist.
Benibo Anabraba who is in the middle of the controversy has instituted a court proceeding at the Federal High Court against the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state, challenging his expulsion from the party.
The originating summons presented to the Speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly, has the Rivers state chapter of the APC as its first defendant.
State Chairman of the APC, Chief Davies Ibiamu-Ikanya, member representing Eleme constituency, Josiah Olu, Speaker Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani and the Rivers state House of Assembly are other defendants in the suit.
In the meantime, Speaker of the House, Ikunyi Ibani, has acknowledged receipt of the court process.
Ibani said status quo remains on who is the Minority Leader of the House since the matter is before a competent court of jurisdiction.
He said, “We are in receipt of a court process from Honourable Benibo Anabraba and it came in a way of originating summons with the APC as the first defendant.
“I believe that having been served and mindful of what our standing orders are we have to follow all legitimate means as an Assembly.”
Recall that Anabraba was expelled by the State Executive of the APC for alleged anti-party activities.
The embattled Lawmaker has rejected his expulsion insisting that he remains a loyal member of the party and the Minority Leader of the State Assembly.
Benibo Anabraba is representing Akuku-Toru constituency Two in the Rivers state House of Assembly.