Governor Fubara Did Not Sign Peace Deal Under Pressure - Rivers Commissioner    - The Top Society

Governor Fubara Did Not Sign Peace Deal Under Pressure – Rivers Commissioner   

Nyesom Wike and Governor of Rivers State, Siminialayi Fubara

Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Joe Johnson, denies claims that Governor Siminalayi Fubara signed a “peace agreement” with his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, under duress at the Presidential Villa on Monday. He revealed this in a recent live appearance on Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics programme on Wednesday.

Commissioner Johnson asserted that he was present in the meeting and revealed that Governor Fubara did not negotiate from a position of weakness. Johnson refuted any notion of external pressure, stating that disagreements were addressed through peaceful negotiations at the round table.

“There was no pressure from anywhere; when people disagree, they come to the round table and settle.” 

Johnson mentioned, in response to the inquiry about whether the governor had endorsed the peace agreement, “There is nothing to doubt it (the agreement), we have gone beyond the issue as to who signed, and who didn’t sign.” 

Rivers State has been embroiled in a messy political drama over the past three months, primarily centered around the state House of Assembly.

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The feud between Governor Fubara and Nyesom Wike led to a significant schism within the House, with 27 lawmakers defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Notably, Governor Wike serves as a minister in the central government of the APC.

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

In an attempt to mediate, the President held a meeting with Governor Fubara and Nyesom Wike at the Aso Villa in Abuja on Monday. Following this meeting, the President issued directives for the withdrawal of all legal matters initiated by Fubara’s team and the recognition of Martin Amaewhule’s leadership in the Rivers State House of Assembly, sidelining Edison Ehie.

This presidential intervention also included the reinstatement of Amaewhule and his 26 allies in the House, along with nine commissioners who had resigned from Fubara’s cabinet.

However, controversies have arisen surrounding the peace agreement, with elder statesman Pa Edwin Clark suggesting that Governor Fubara was “ambushed” into signing the document.

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Commissioner Joe Johnson addressed these controversies, emphasizing that, for Governor Fubara, no price is too high for peace.

“The Bible that we all profess says we should pursue peace will all men at all cost. 

“Mr Governor is a stickler for the rules, and if His Excellency, the President has intervened, he (Fubara) is not a man of perfidy. He will not say something and do the other. 

“In the next couple of hours, I will be unveiling some of the approvals His Excellency has already given as an indication that he is prepared for peace. It’s part of the process to show that we are committed to it (agreement),” Johnson said.

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