Minister Nyesom Wike Addresses Rivers State Crisis: Stresses Importance of Political Base

Wike Reacts to Governor Fubara’s Impeachment Threat Amidst Party Wrangling

The political landscape in Rivers State is currently in turmoil as the relationship between Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, and his successor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, has soured less than six months after the handover.

The crisis recently reached a critical point when the State House of Assembly chamber was set ablaze, followed by a move to impeach Governor Fubara. In response, Fubara, alongside his supporters, stormed the Complex on Monday, vehemently vowing to combat the impeachment threat.

In an attempt to mediate the escalating conflict, President Bola Tinubu, from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), summoned both Wike and Fubara to Aso Rock for discussions.

Addressing South-South leaders at his office in Abuja following the Aso Rock meeting, Minister Nyesom Wike emphasized the significance of holding his political base to maintain relevance in the political arena.

Wike expressed his commitment to political stability, stating, “All of us want to be politically relevant; all of us want to maintain our political structure. Is it not your political structure? Will you allow anybody to just cut you out immediately? Everybody has a base. If you take my base, am I not politically irrelevant?”

The minister underscored that, despite the internal party conflicts and attempts to undermine him, he remains unfazed and stressed the importance of doing what is right in the face of adversity.

“In politics, there are a lot of internal wrangling. But to come out and say ‘Oh, they want to do this against me, it will not work.’ I had every power then to say where this thing is going. So, when things are wrong, you ask questions. It is a party affair. The party knows how they resolve their own mechanism; it is not an ethnic affair. Our party is coming to it, that is what I will say. Every politician has his own interest,” Wike declared.

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As the political drama unfolds in Rivers State, the statement from Minister Nyesom Wike sheds light on the complexities of internal party dynamics and the resilience required to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of Nigerian politics.



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