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Rivers crisis viewed as political by Fubara



In the ongoing crisis between Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and his former political mentor, Nyesom Wike, Fubara clarified on Wednesday that the involvement of President Bola Tinubu was politically motivated rather than being based on constitutional grounds.

Fubara expressed his commitment to implementing the eight-point resolution agreed upon during a mediation meeting with Tinubu in Abuja last October, as a gesture of respect towards the President.

He also cautioned that those interpreting his adherence to the presidential peace agreement as a sign of weakness would be surprised by his actions.

Fubara emphasized the importance of setting the record straight regarding the nature of the agreement reached with President Tinubu last year, pointing out that it was a political, not constitutional, solution to the crisis.

These statements were outlined in a release from Fubara’s Chief Press Secretary, Nelson Chulwudi, issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Fubara disclosed that he had already initiated the implementation of the agreement as a mark of respect for President Tinubu.

The governor’s statement comes amidst renewed threats of impeachment by 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly aligned with ex-governor Nyesom Wike.

These lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction with Fubara’s failure to follow through with one aspect of the eight-point resolution, which required the resubmission of the 2024 budget to the Assembly.

They warned of revisiting their previously suspended impeachment plans against the governor.

However, Fubara, in his response on Wednesday, affirmed, “Let me assert this for the record: The current situation in our state revolves around respecting our elders.

“The resolution that was agreed upon when Mr. President brought all parties together in Abuja last October is being implemented. This implementation is not a constitutional requirement but a political strategy to address an issue.

“I am carrying out these actions out of my deep respect for Mr. President. However, if my adherence to this course of action is viewed as weakness, I will respond in a manner that will surprise them. This message should be relayed to them.”

 Addressing members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees from all 23 local government areas of Rivers State during a solidarity rally at Government House Gate in Port Harcourt, Fubara highlighted that their significant turnout further underlined the grassroots support his administration continued to enjoy in the state.

“A few days ago, there were accusations of us renting crowds for gratitude events, but the attendance today is reminiscent of those gatherings. People are expressing their gratitude for good governance and divine favor.”

Fubara underscored his awareness of the legacy he aimed to leave behind post-tenure, noting, “It should be about the tangible impact on lives; policies implemented for the betterment of society and the people, without any undue influence.”

He urged continued support for his administration, calling for understanding regarding decisions taken, and the observance of regulations in a peaceful manner.

He remarked, “If you stand for what is right, I will stand by you. No one, regardless of status, will intimidate you. Prepare yourselves, because the next phase will be met with equal force in Rivers State. Every mandate will be carried out.”

He added, “To the remarkable people of Rivers State, we will lead with integrity and reverence.

“Maturity transcends age; it’s about character. I choose not to engage with individuals who exhibit immaturity despite their assumed maturity.

“I will maintain a mature demeanor and will not tolerate any mistreatment or disrespect toward myself or my team in this administration.”

During his speech, the Rivers State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Clifford Paul, conveyed their gratitude to the Governor during a rally aimed at expressing appreciation for his support towards workers.