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Clark to Tinubu: “Intervene in Rivers Crisis with Wike” 

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Elder statesman and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, has once again appealed to President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the escalating political crisis in Rivers State by calling the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, to order.

In an open letter addressed to the President on Monday, Chief Clark expressed concern over Wike’s alleged attempts to control the political space in Rivers State, emphasizing that the FCT minister should focus on his responsibilities rather than influencing state politics.

He said,

“As a member of your cabinet, you may need to call this minister to order to face the work in the quietness which is demanded of him. 

“He should focus on his office and know that he is just one among a cabinet of 48 persons, besides the Vice President and yourself. 

“The country has enough problems which your government must sit down to solve. The FCT itself is full of challenges all over and he has more than he can chew and therefore avoid these distractions.” 

Chief Clark highlighted the potential chaos that could ensue if all former governors followed a similar path of trying to control their successors. He stressed the importance of maintaining stability in Rivers State, as it plays a crucial role in the overall stability of the Niger Delta and the national economy.

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The PANDEF leader’s letter comes in the wake of a fresh political crisis in Rivers State, where 27 members of the State House of Assembly defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defection is seen as linked to the power struggle between allies of Wike, particularly Martins Amaewhule, and those aligned with Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The political turbulence in the state intensified with a Speakership tussle between Amaewhule and Edison Ehie, who is known to be in Governor Fubara’s camp. The Assembly witnessed a series of conflicting decisions, including an impeachment notice served on the governor and the removal of Ehie as House leader, leading to further chaos.

Despite the President’s previous attempts to mediate in October, the situation remains volatile, and Chief Clark warned that more drama might unfold following the mass defection of lawmakers from the PDP to the APC.

Expressing surprise at Wike’s public statements despite Governor Fubara’s apology, Chief Clark questioned the FCT minister’s motives in retaining political structures.

Clark said,

“On one occasion, he stated that ‘impeachment is not a military coup”, ‘a total outrage when all hands are on deck to consolidate this democracy under your leadership. 

“In fact, in his recent interview held on Friday, 24th November, 2023, the Minister charged to one of his group of guests that the Governor is ungrateful, concluding that ‘I cannot stand ingrates’. 

“He continued stating how he had helped the Governor to become what he had become today and threatening publicly that he would continue the fight if the Governor ‘changes the structures which I left in the state.”

He recalled Wike’s previous stance against godfatherism, which had strained his relationship with his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi.

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