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Court Restrains Rivers Assembly from Impeaching Fubara 

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The ongoing political turmoil in Rivers State reached new heights as a Rivers State High Court in Isiokpo issued an interim order, effectively restraining the State House of Assembly from proceeding with the planned impeachment of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The court order, issued by Justice O. Ben-Whyte, specifically targets key figures within the Assembly, including Speaker Martin Amaewhule, Deputy Speaker Dumle Mao, Clerk of the House, and State Chief Judge, Justice Simeon Chibuzor-Amadi.

This development follows the recent bombing of the state Assembly complex on Monday night, a shocking escalation in the power struggle between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, now Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.

Despite the intervention of President Bola Tinubu and the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, Wike remained unyielding, justifying the impeachment plot against Fubara as constitutionally valid. The Minister warned Fubara against collaborating with his political opponents to undermine him, signaling a continuation of the bitter feud.

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However, Governor Fubara, in a forum in Port Harcourt, expressed optimism that the crisis would be resolved, portraying his relationship with Wike as that of a father and son. Efforts to mediate between the two warring factions included a meeting with the President on Tuesday and subsequently the PDP Governors Forum, attended by prominent figures such as Governors Bala Mohammed, Ahmadu Fintri, Caleb Muftwang, and Agbu Kefas.

In a brief press interaction, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed referred to Wike as a ‘jolly good fellow’ contributing significantly to national service as the Minister of the FCT.

He noted,

“Because of the maturity and leadership of the minister and the intervention of President Bola Tinubu, this crisis is going to be nipped in the bud.

“We know the person of Wike, his contribution to politics and national development; we know his relationship and his achievements in politics. So, we are not surprised that this matter is coming to an end.”

Despite these attempts at reconciliation, the former Rivers State Governor remained steadfast, reiterating the constitutional legitimacy of the impeachment plan.

Wike stated,

“They (PDP governors) have talked about the crisis in Rivers state. Let me tell anybody who cares that nobody can intimidate me.

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“It does not matter whether you go and bring thugs, or you say you are Ijaw, if I want to do something, I will do it. Impeachment is not a military coup; impeachment is provided under the constitution.’’

In response to rumors suggesting that the conflict arose from his alleged financial requests to his successor, he refuted the claims, stating,

“About the rumours of money; all that is rubbish. I just left office a few months ago and I am now the FCT minister. So, which money?

‘’But nobody can take away our political structure, no one.  I have listened to them and for me, you cannot work and people will begin to bring enemies,  those who fought you;  nobody does that.’’

The former governor warned those spreading alleged rumors and falsehoods on social media, asserting that he had  “the capacity to fight back.” 

He added,

“I am not a political ingrate, but don’t touch the political structure in Rivers State; I will not shut my eyes. Forget about the Obidients and the Atikulates, who have lost, who felt I did not support them and those whom I revoked their C of O (Certificate of Occupancy).

“Wike did this and that because I did not support their presidential candidates; all those things I am not perturbed, I will only do what is right.”

According to an insider, the source revealed that during the meeting, Wike recounted his grievances against Fubara to the attending governors, who then implored him to prioritize peace in Rivers State.

In the meantime, on Wednesday, Fubara conveyed his optimism that the conflict between himself and Wike would reach a resolution. Speaking during a visit to the Government House in Port Harcourt, led by Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Christopher Musa, Fubara emphasized that it’s not uncommon for “a father and a son to have problems.”

 

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