December 19 2023

Rivers Crisis: Fubara loses to Wike and to APC after Tinubu intervenes (full text)

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has forced Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara to submit to Nyesom Wike after resolutions from last night closed-door meeting in Aso Rock which was presided by President Bola Tinubu

After last night closed-door meeting presided by President Bola Tinubu, Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara was intimidated to submit to Nyesom Wike and, ultimately, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The meeting that held in Aso Rock and attended by Fubara, his deputy Mrs Ngozi Odu; the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili, Vice-president Kashim Shettima, National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Aaron Chukwuemeka and the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, among others, was towards resolving the political crisis in Rivers State.

The resolution written after the meeting appears, on the surface, as a truce, but it, in effect, presents a win-lose ending with Fubara and PDP on the losing side.

“All impeachment proceedings initiated against the Governor of Rivers State by the Rivers State House of Assembly should be dropped immediately

“The leadership of the Rivers State House of Assembly as led by the Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule shall be recognised alongside the 27 members who resigned from the PDP.

“The remunerations and benefits of all members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and their staff must be reinstated immediately and the Governor of Rivers State shall henceforth not interfere with the full funding of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“The Rivers State House of Assembly shall choose where they want to sit and conduct their legislative business without interference and/or hindrance from the executive arm of government.

“The Governor of Rivers State, Sir Fubara, shall re-present the state budget to a properly constituted Rivers State House of Assembly.

“The Rivers State House of Assembly shall choose where they want to sit and conduct their legislative business without interference and/or hindrance from the executive arm of government.

“The Governor of Rivers State, Sir Fubara, shall re-present the state budget to a properly constituted Rivers State House of Assembly.

“The names of all commissioners in the Rivers State Executive Council who resigned their appointments because of the political crisis in the State should be resubmitted to the House of Assembly for approval

“There should not be a caretaker committee for the local governments in Rivers State. The dissolution of the Local Government administration is null and void and shall not be recognised,” the resolution read.

Among the vast implications of the resolution are that Wike would still fully retain the PDP structures in Rivers as a full-time APC ambassador.