Historic Truce in Rivers as Wike, Fubara Unite After Aso Villa Summit  - The Top Society

Historic Truce in Rivers as Wike, Fubara Unite After Aso Villa Summit 

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The political heavyweights of Rivers State, embroiled in a protracted power struggle, reached a truce on Monday following a pivotal meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Villa in Abuja.

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The high-stakes gathering featured the presence of Governor Siminalayi Fubara, accompanied by his predecessor turned Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike. Notable attendees included ex-Rivers governor Peter Odili, key traditional rulers from the state, Vice President Kashim Shettima, and Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Over the past three months, Rivers State had become a battleground, with the state House of Assembly resembling a political boxing ring. The rift between Wike and Fubara led to 27 lawmakers defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party in which Wike concurrently serves as a minister.

The conflict escalated to parallel sittings, an impeachment plot against the governor, the demolition of the Assembly complex, and a wave of resignations from pro-Wike commissioners in Fubara’s cabinet.

Despite earlier interventions by the President and elder statesmen in October, the crisis persisted. However, the pendulum swung towards reconciliation after Monday’s summit.

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The feuding parties collectively agreed to withdraw all legal actions initiated by Fubara and his team. The signed agreement, also endorsed by National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu, marked a significant step toward unity.

In a reciprocal move, the Wike camp pledged to immediately drop all impeachment proceedings initiated by the Rivers State House of Assembly against the governor. Crucially, both factions acknowledged the leadership of Martin Amaewhule in the Rivers State House of Assembly, sidelining the claim of Edison Ehie.

Further resolutions included the recognition of Amaewhule and his 26 allies who recently defected from the PDP to the APC.

Other agreements stipulate the following:

“The remunerations and benefits of all members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and their staff must be reinstated immediately and the Governor of Rivers State shall henceforth not interfere with the full funding of the Rivers State House of Assembly 

“The Rivers State House of Assembly shall choose where they want to sit and conduct their legislative business without interference and/or hindrance from the Executive arm of Government 

“The Governor of Rivers State, Sir Fubara, shall re-present the state budget to a properly constituted Rivers State House of Assembly. 

“The names of all commissioners in the Rivers State Executive Council who resigned their appointments because of the political crisis in the state should be resubmitted to the House of Assembly for approval. 

“There should not be a caretaker committee for the local governments in Rivers State. The dissolution of the Local Government administration is null and void and shall not be recognised.”

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