Nyesom Wike vs Fubara: Why Tinubu Intervened, Prominent APC Chieftain Reveals

Nyesom Wike vs Fubara: Why Tinubu Intervened, Prominent APC Chieftain Reveals

  • A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Lauretta Onochie, has waded into the political crisis rocking Rivers state
  • The oil-rich state has been enmeshed in a political crisis since October after an attempt by some state lawmakers to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara
  • Legit.ng reports that the lawmakers are loyal to the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria

Port Harcourt, Rivers state - The former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Lauretta Onochie, has said President Bola Tinubu intervened in the feud between Nyesom Wike and Sim Fubara "because of concerns for the well-being of the people of Rivers state".

Onochie stated this via a post on her verified X (formerly Twitter) page recently.

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President Tinubu's move to reconcile Wike and Fubara has failed, according to the APC in Rivers state. Photo credits: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike - CON, GSSRS, Sir Siminalayi Fubara
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Onochie offers perspective on Rivers crisis

The cold war between Fubara and his estranged political godfather, assumed a dramatic dimension this week as the Rivers governor presented the 2024 Appropriation Bill to a four-member state assembly loyal to him, hours after demolishing the assembly complex, which the 27 pro-Wike lawmakers had been using.

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Reacting to the situation between the two former allies which is daily drifting apart, Onochie wrote:

"This is where some miss it. The situation in Rivers state is not about PDP. It is not about APC. It's not about SDP nor Labour Party. It's not about any political party or parties. It's about the hospitals, the schools, the roads, and other infrastructural development in all of Rivers state. It's about the children, youth, women, men, and senior citizens who reside in Rivers state.

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"It's about the well-being and governance of the people of Rivers state.
'It's also about respect for boundaries, consultation instead of absolute dictatorial control."

Commenting further, Onochie appeared to tell Wike to 'stay in his lane'.

She wrote:

"I believe President Bola Tinubu intervened because of concerns for the well-being of the people of Rivers state. Everything doesn't have to be about political ego. Let's put our people in view, by staying in our lanes. That's respect. Let common sense prevail. God bless Nigeria."

Tinubu’s reconciliation move has failed – APC

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Tony Okocha, the caretaker committee chairman of the APC in Rivers state, said efforts made by President Tinubu to settle the rift between Wike and Fubara failed.

Speaking at a press conference at the APC national secretariat in Abuja recently, Okocha said although he was not part of the President’s intervention, he believed the reconciliation move has broken down.

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Labour Party drops petition against Fubara

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Labour Party (LP) withdrew its petition challenging the election victory of Governor Fubara, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 Rivers state poll.

The LP had previously contested Fubara’s win, presenting its case to the Appeal Court in Lagos. However, the court dismissed the petition, affirming Fubara’s electoral success under the PDP banner.

Former allies Wike fell out with

In another related article, Legit.ng spotlighted some prominent politicians Wike fell out with.

Apart from former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, the list included a serving local government chairman who cried publicly when he begged Wike.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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