Gov Fubara Reportedly Directs Rivers Commissioners Nominated by Wike to Resign

Gov Fubara Reportedly Directs Rivers Commissioners Nominated by Wike to Resign

  • Rivers state's top government officials have been dragged into the ongoing war between Nyesom Wike and his successor, Fubara
  • At the moment, seven commissioners loyal to Wike have resigned from Fubara's cabinet
  • In a different twist, the Rivers governor ordered all Wike's nominated appointees to join their colleagues who are loyal to the FCT minister journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The governor of Rivers state, Siminalayi Fubara, has ordered all the commissioners nominated by the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, to tender their resignation letters.

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Fubara has told Wike's appointees to leave. Photo credit: Sir Siminalayi Fubara
Source: Facebook

This comes after 18 commissioners tendered their resignation on Friday morning, December 15.

The commissioners were told to resign today, Friday, or would be relieved of their jobs by Monday, December 18.

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An X user identified simply as Omotayo Williams @KadunaResident disclosed this via a post on his page.

He alleged that Wike surrounded Fubara with his loyalists, strategically placing them from the House of Assembly to the Judiciary and political appointees.

According to him, this plan was to give Wike the ability to strike Fubara anytime, as evidenced by the recent failed impeachment attempt.

Summary of the current scorecard in Rivers state

Legislature - 25 state assembly seats are now vacant.

Judiciary - The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice has resigned.

Executive - Commissioners are resigning in large numbers amid grapevine information suggesting they will be sacked soon as part of the ongoing system cleansing.

Williams tweeted:

"BREAKING: All Commissioners appointed by Emperor Wike have been told to resign by the end of today or face immediate dismissal on Monday.

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"So far 10 commissioners have resigned their appointment. The Lagos model can only work in Yoruba land. South-South and South East no go gree."

Wike's kinsmen back Governor Fubara

Earlier, reported that some political leaders in the seventeen wards of Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state declared support for Governor Siminalayi Fubara's administration.

This came after four commissioners, who are allies of 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.

What Falana said about Rivers lawmakers whose seats were declared vacant

Also, reported earlier that Human Rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) weighed in on the crisis rocking the Rivers state assembly.

The foremost constitutional lawyer said the Rivers state lawmakers whose seats were declared vacant were unexposed to sound legal advice.

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Falana made this assertion in an interview on Channels Television's Politics Today on Wednesday, December 13.


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