Rivers Crisis: New Twist As Wike’s Kinsmen Back Governor Fubara

Rivers Crisis: New Twist As Wike’s Kinsmen Back Governor Fubara

  • Some top officials in the Rivers state government have dumped the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike
  • This comes amid efforts by President Bola Tinubu to reconcile Wike and his successor failed
  • Whilst some commissioners resigned unexpectedly, political leaders in Wike's local government have pledged their loyalty to embattled Governor Fubara

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The crisis in Rivers state has taken a new dimension as some political leaders in the seventeen wards of Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state have declared support for Governor Siminalayi Fubara's administration.

Wike, Fubara, Rivers crisis, APC, PDP
Governor Siminalayi Fubara gets support as his rift with Wike deepens. Photo credit: Sir Siminalayi Fubara
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This came after four commissioners who are allies of the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, dumped Fubara's cabinet and resigned.

In a new development, the Rivers political leaders threw their weight behind Fubara and Edison Ehie, Rivers Assembly leader, urging them not to be distracted by the political happenings in the state, Channels TV reported.

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The PDP members, who include the immediate past chairman of the council, Solomon Abel-Eke, and the state chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Chijioke Ihunwo, advised Wike and the factional state lawmaker, Martin Amaewhule, to sheathe their sword.

They also resolved to begin grassroots sensitisation for a fresh election into the two state assembly seats in the area. This came after the PDP national working committee on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to void the election of the concerned lawmakers and conduct fresh polls.

Tinubu's move to reconcile Wike, Fubara fails

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Rivers APC chieftain, Tony Okocha, disclosed that President Tinubu's peace move to reconcile Wike and Fubara collapsed as the crisis in the state continued to fester.

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Okocha said the APC was wooing Wike to defect to the party, stressing that as soon as he became a member of the APC, he would become the party's leader in the state.

Wike vs Fubara: Rivers attorney general resigns

Similarly, Legit.ng reported earlier that Zacchaeus Adangor, the attorney-general and commissioner of justice in Rivers state, unexpectedly resigned from his position.

On Thursday, December 14, the announcement was made through a formal letter addressed to Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In the letter, Adangor cited "personal reasons" as the primary motivation behind the decision.

Source: Legit.ng

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