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Wike, Fubara meet at Aso Villa as Tinubu weighs in on Rivers crisis

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Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State and Nyesom Wike, his predecessor, yesterday met at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The duo, who reportedly fell out less than six months after succession, have been in the news since the reported move of the Rivers House of Assembly to impeach the governor.

Fubara had stormed the assembly while some lawmakers loyal to Wike were said to be planning his removal.

Addressing youths who trooped to Government House, Port Harcourt, over the development, Fubara vowed to resist any impeachment attempt against him that is not justified.

The governor also dared his political opponents to tell him his offence before he would be removed.

“I know how you people are feeling, just take it easy. Great Rivers State youths. Great! When we have the youth, we have power,” Fubara said.

“But the difference with our own power is we will not misuse it. We woke up this morning to a very troubling news. We have gone to the Assembly to see for ourselves what has happened.

“On my way there, I was shot at directly by the (sic) operation, or whatever they call it. But it doesn’t matter, somebody will die one day. Whether you die inside your house or on the road. So my journey today, whatever it is that wants to happen, let it happen.

“If Siminalayi Fubara is in peace, I am not a force neither will I be…What I’m saying is that any attempt that is not justified will be resisted. Great Rivers people! That offence that I have committed, come out and tell the people of Rivers State. That’s what I want. That offence Fubara committed warrants impeaching me.”

He pledged to always defend the Rivers residents and make available dividends of democracy to them.

“But my happiness this morning is that the people of Rivers State, represented by everybody here are with us. Let me remind you people that we will continue to defend you people. We will protect you people and enjoy the dividends of democracy. I don’t want to say much. At the appropriate time, I will address the press. Thank you. God bless you,” he added.

On the feud between the governor and his predecessor, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State said President Bola Tinubu has intervened in the political impasse in Rivers State to restore peace.

He stated this yesterday while briefing State House reporters after a meeting of National Police Council presided over by the President at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed, who said the president was talking to the parties involved in the imbroglio, added that it appeared there would be peace with his intervention.

The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF) also said the opposition governors had resolved to work with the president because he had shown good faith by not interfering with gubernatorial cases brought before the courts by PDP members.

The governor of Bauchi State, who briefed after the maiden police council meeting under the Tinubu administration, said the president engaged in discussions with the Rivers State governor and the FCT Minister, who is alleged to be behind the plot to impeach the governor to restore peace in the state.

He said, “We had a closed session. You will recall, members of the press, that there was a very serious national issue that was discussed that had security implication. That is the problem emerging in Rivers. Mr President, in his usual leadership position, intervened, and it would appear there will be peace in that respect.”


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