BREAKING: Rivers Gov, Fubara Orders LG Heads to Take Over From Pro Wike Chairmen, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Rivers Gov, Fubara Orders LG Heads to Take Over From Pro Wike Chairmen, Details Emerge

  • Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, has directed heads of local government administration to immediately take charge of the 23 council areas of the state
  • reports that this follows the expiration of the statutory three-year tenure of the elected local government chairmen, vice chairmen and councillors on Monday, June 17, 2024
  • Governor Fubara gave the directive in a statewide broadcast in the government house, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, June 18 journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism in Nigeria.

Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Siminalayi Fubara, the governor of Rivers, on Tuesday morning, June 18, directed heads of administration in the 23 local government areas (LGAs) to take charge of the councils.

As reported by The Nigerian Tribune, Governor Fubara's directive is with effect from Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

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Rivers: Fubara orders LG heads to take over from chairmen who are loyalists of Nyesom Wike
Governor Fubara has directed heads of administration in the 23 LGAs to take over from the chairmen whose tenure elapsed on Monday, June 17. Photo credits: Sir Siminalayi Fubara, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
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This follows the expiration of the tenure of elected chairmen, their deputies, and councillors who were mostly loyal to the immediate past Rivers state governor and current FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, AIT noted.

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In the broadcast, the governor said:

“As we move forward in making sure that the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria is upheld, and that law and order is maintained as we continue to strive to provide leadership and direction for our people, I hereby direct heads of local government administration (HLGAs) to continue to provide leadership in their respective local government areas.
“Heads of local government administration (HLGAs) are hereby directed to immediately take charge of the councils with renewed vigor and readiness to serve and await further directives as we navigate towards even greater accomplishments together."

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"Wike is a sleeping tiger", Fubara warned

Earlier, reported that Fubara was warned against believing that he had defeated his predecessor, Wike.

Okanlawon Gaffar, a legal practitioner who gave the warning in an interview with, described the FCT minister as a sleeping tiger.

According to Gaffar, Wike's silence does not mean he is weak or defeated but a permutation that could lead to Fubara's removal.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at 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