Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has expressed optimism that the ongoing political disagreements between him and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, will be resolved peacefully. Governor Fubara made this statement during a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, and a military delegation at the Government House in Port Harcourt. The disputes between the two prominent figures in Rivers State have attracted significant attention, and the governor’s comments reflect a commitment to resolving these issues amicably.
- Governor’s Perspective: Governor Fubara characterized the disputes between him and Nyesom Wike as natural and likened them to a family disagreement. He reassured the public, stating, “For our dear state, I know everybody is wondering what’s going on, what’s not going on. We are okay, there is no problem… Whatever it is, we will definitely resolve the issue.”
- Call for Peace and Security: The meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff occurred in the context of President Bola Tinubu’s call for peace and security in the country, particularly with off-season elections approaching. Governor Fubara reiterated the President’s commitment to ensuring stability in the nation.
- Mediation Efforts: In a related development, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Bala Mohammed, led a delegation to meet with Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in Abuja. This meeting aimed to mediate the political situation in Rivers State and reconcile the differences between Governor Fubara and the FCT minister.
- PDP Governors’ Involvement: The decision to engage in mediation was reached by the PDP governors after a meeting held on Tuesday night. It was also intended to address the strained relationship between the FCT minister and the party following the fallout of the 2023 PDP Convention, which saw Atiku Abubakar emerge as the party’s presidential candidate for the upcoming February 2023 elections.
The expressed optimism by Governor Siminalayi Fubara regarding the peaceful resolution of political disputes with his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, is a positive development for Rivers State. The involvement of the PDP governors and their commitment to mediating the situation demonstrates a commitment to political stability within the party and the state. It remains to be seen how these mediation efforts will progress and whether they will lead to a resolution of the disputes between the two prominent political figures.
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