Wike remains my principal, says Gov Fubara

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L-R: Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State and his predecessor Nyesom Wike during Fubara’s inauguration on Monday, May 29, 2023. (Photo: Facebook/Sir Siminalayi Fubara)

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, on Thursday said his predecessor and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike remains his principal. The governor stated this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the rededication service of the 2023/2024 Legal Year of the Rivers State Judiciary that was equally attended by Wike. The event was held at the Saint Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Hospital Road in the state capital.

He described the recent political crisis in the state as a thing of the past, calling again for peace in the oil-rich state. Fubara noted that Rivers State can if the actors and their supporters are peaceful. “My oga remains my oga. Whatever that has happened is in the past. I have not sent anybody to malign anybody,” the governor said. He said that although it has been a trying time for the state, the current phase of political misunderstanding will pass and the promises his administration made to the people will be delivered.

The governor also warned those pledging support for him to stop using abusive words on perceived opponents, saying that he did not authorise them to malign anybody. According to him, in trying to attain development, the devil will always attack, but that what is most important is to “identify the devil and push it out”. It was the first time the two politicians who were the major characters in the recent political fight would be meeting each other in public in the state.

Wike who is the FCT Minister arrived at the church service almost at the end and had a handshake with his successor before sitting on the same row with him while the service lasted. At the start of his speech, Governor Fubara jokingly appealed to the congregants to suspend the recognition of guests in order not to commit another impeachable offence.

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