Call Wike to order; NASS members tell Tinubu

Angry Rivers State legislators have demanded that President Bola Tinubu fire Chief Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory, in response to the political upheaval plaguing their state.

This follows a sudden and dramatic wave of resignations from Fubara’s cabinet commissioners in the previous two days.

In spite of the political turmoil in the state, Awaji-Inombek Abiante praised Governor Fubara for leading the effort to refurbish the structure housing the Rivers State House of Assembly.

This occurred while two state MPs were on a solidarity walk in favour of Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara’s programmes and initiatives.

Near the intersection of the Port Harcourt and Aba motorways, near CFC Junction, the demonstration began and ended to Government House.

Asari Toru/Akuku Toru Federal Constituency Representative Boma Goodhead and Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency Representative Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante spearheaded the nonviolent procession.

Protesters who stayed out of the governor’s way claimed that Wike, the previous governor, is trying to frighten Fubara into not being loyal to the people who elected him rather than to a godfather.

Speaking, Goodhead demanded that Tinubu summon his minister to account and claimed that Wike’s sole purpose in visiting the state is to sow discord.

We are here to tell President Bola Tinubu to summon Wike to account, and we want to make that message plain to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” she declared.

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For the simple reason that we will not sit idly by while he disrupts the tranquil residents of Rivers State the next time he visits. I implore you to have the state’s security services apprehend the previous governor.

While in the state, Abiante—who represents the Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro federal constituency—and his counterpart were there to convey the position of other lawmakers to the people. Abiante praised Fubara for leading the effort to renovate the Rivers State House of Assembly complex and for his actions during the state’s political crisis.

“There have been some happenings in the state; we are here to encourage the governor and to tell the Rivers People that this is the position of their representatives. We will offer explanations where necessary and engage with our constituents to understand if there is any shift in their stance they have taken,” he said.

Freedom always comes at a cost, and that cost is the willingness to stand solid and unwavering. After conducting a structural integrity test, the governor determined that the chambers did not provide the Rivers people with adequate chambers for legislative function. As a result, an alternate solution has been offered.

“The members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who are currently serving illegally have found a new home. This does not apply to those who have willingly stepped down from their positions, but rather to those who are standing in solidarity with the Rivers people and who are aware that they were elected thanks to the blood, sweat, and tears of the Rivers people.

The moment has come for a duly chosen king to take over, because no monarch lasts forever.

Put your swords away—LP implores Wike and Fubara

The political instability engulfing the state is impacting companies and the lives of individuals in the state, according to Mrs. Beatrice Itubo, the Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 election in Rivers State.

Itubo, who previously chaired the Port Harcourt chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has urged Chief Nyesom Wike, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Sir Siminalayi Fubara, governor of the state, to find a way to end the ongoing political crisis.

The Labour candidate stated that she had met with the governor to discuss ways in which her party might facilitate peace talks in the state’s best interest. She emphasised that the welfare of the people must always take first.

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People are scared to visit the state because of the war, Itubo said, pleading with Wike, Fubara, and all the MPs to put down their weapons for the sake of peace and the state’s growth.

“Holiday seekers are no longer coming into our state, the hotels are empty, and other businesses are beginning to feel the impact of the trouble that is going on. The time will come when we will no longer be safe going out of our houses because of fear of being caught in the crossfire of the hostilities unless we, as neutral persons, reach out to these gladiators and their fans now,” he warned.

“I implore the immediate former governor of the state, Nysom Wike, to put aside any differences he may have with the governor without further delay. I am speaking as a parent and an interested party in the state’s administration.

“The governor should also urge his supporters to refrain from making any further statements, whether online or off, that could make the already difficult situation in the state even worse.”

In order for there to be peace, Itubo said, Fubara should bring in more mediators to talk to everyone involved.

We need the governor to enlist more mediators and peacemakers to help calm things down, and everyone here has to realise that Rivers State is our only home and that its interests should take precedence over everyone else’s. He emphasised that in order to maintain peace and progress, sacrifices would be necessary.

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