December 25 2023

“You’re stupid!” Wike attacks Rivers elders for siding Fubara, attacking Tinubu

Nyesom Wike, Minister of Federal Capital Territory and immediate past governor of Rivers State, has attacked Rivers elders and they are stupid for siding with governor Fubara and attacking Tinubu

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory and immediate governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has taken a serious swipe at elders of Rivers for wading into the unfolding crisis in Rivers without “knowing the root cause.”

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He said that the elders are selfish, that they are pushing propaganda against him, while he took time to detail his own defense in the matter.

Wike was speaking on Sunday during a thanksgiving ceremony and marriage anniversary of Dr Des George-Kelly, the immediate past Rivers State Commissioner for Works, at the Kings’ Assembly in Port Harcourt.

This was the first time Wike was making public comments about his fight with Fubara since President Bola Tinubu intervened.

“Let me tell the church, you know blackmail is the easiest thing. So many of you may believe what is going on; so many of you may also follow on the road without knowing where you are heading.

“If I were you, sit down and ask myself: can this be true? But just because we are no longer in power you may want to believe everything they have said. Power and money, if you are not careful, can destroy you. It can also make, depending on how you handle it,” he said.

Insinuating that Governor Fubara has broken certain rules of engagement, the FCT Minister said Governor Fubara is obviously being deceived by some selfish elders.

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He cited an instance of how he stumbled upon but conquered same selfish circle during his days as governor of Rivers State.

“Don’t get involved in any fight between two politicians without knowing the root cause.

“In any facet of life, there are rules and they must be obeyed. As a pastor, there are rules you must follow. So also, as politicians, we must follow rules.

“While I was governor I followed those rules, and that’s why I was able to succeed.

“When I was running for governor, I was invited (and told) that some elders wanted to see me. When I got there, I saw only two people; just two of them constituted themselves as elders over the whole state.

“They said the elders of the state had decided that I should not contest the election. I said it must be a joke. Now they’ve come back again as elders,” he said.

Wike and Fubara fell apart in quest for control of the State’s political structures, the structures Wike has insisted he built and nurtured.

The friction has since snowballed into a major crisis, culminating in bombing of a section of the State House of Assembly; defecting of 27 Assembly members; resignation of many Commissioners in Fubara’s cabinet; intervention of President Tinubu; multiple protests in Port Harcourt, the State capital.

December 23 2023

Rivers Crisis: Again, protesters occupy Port Harcourt, vow to cause gridlock on New Year day

Protesters occupied Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt as the Rivers State crisis entered another worst stage

The political crisis rocking Rivers State has entered a worse stage as resident stage fresh mass protest in Port Harcourt today, while also promising worst scenario from January 1, 2024.

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Displaying placards, the protesters who started as early as 7am, are demanding, among other things, that President Bola Tinubu sack his Minister for Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.

Crisis is tearing to shreds the oil-rich state following conflict of interest between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his immediate predecessor, Wike.

The problem started small but soon snowballed into a major conflict that President Tinubu had to intervene.

It is that president’s intervention the Rivers people are protesting. Accusing Tinubu of ambushing Fubara in Aso Rock, prominent elder statesman from Niger Delta, Edwin Clark, had called for his people to reject the 8-point resolutions that arose from the Aso Rock reconciliatory meeting. Then more voices have since joined Clark.

Addressing journalists in front of the Government House on behalf of the protesters, a lawyer, David Uduru, called on the entire South-South region to be prepared to fight.

“Therefore, we urge all indigenes and residents in Rivers State to be ready for long-drawn, non-violent protest rallies in the state beginning from January 1, 2024,” Uduru said.

The lawyer also took swipe at Tinubu, accusing him of assisting Wike to destabilize Rivers State.

“Sadly, since President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has chosen to forget that Rivers State is one of the critical economic hubs in Nigeria, and chosen Nyesome Wike over the peace and development of Rivers State, we the people of Rivers State have chosen ourselves and will therefore take the destiny of our State in our hands.

“We refuse to be cowed just to satisfy one man. The date to occupy Rivers State begins January 1 to January 30, 2024, at the first instance,” he added.

As it stands now, Nyesom Wike is completely in charge of Fubara administration as well as the political structures in Rivers. And he has already signaled his willingness to fight to retain his relevance, no matter the cost.

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December 20 2023

Rivers Crisis: Fubara finally opens up after meeting Tinubu, Wike

Governor of Rivers State Siminalayi Fubara has opened up after meeting with president Bola Tinubu and FCT minister Nyesom Wike

After President Bola Tinubu intervened in the Rivers State crisis, the state Governor Siminalayi Fubara has broken silence.

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Fubara signed the 8-point communique from the meeting, in presence of other stakeholders, where he ultimately agreed to hand over Rivers control to Nyesom Wike.

Reacting to the resolution, Fubara who spoke at 3rd Convocation and 6th Founders Day ceremonies of the PAMO University of Medical Sciences in Iriebe Town, said he would give peace a chance by keeping to what he signed before Tinubu.

There would be no price too big to pay for peaceful Rivers State, the governor said although his words are generally believed to be born out of fear and defeat.

“While some progress has been made, it is obvious that a lot still needs to be done to achieve our collective aspirations for universal access to quality education and healthcare for our people.

“I need not say that no society can progress without educated and healthy people,” Fubara added.