Wike speaks on Rivers political crisis


Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has said that the political crisis in Rivers State is a Peoples Democratic Party (PPD) and that the party was investigating them.

Wike, former Rivers governor, has been accused of being behind the impeachment plot against his successor. Siminalayi Fubara.

Most state legislators are believed to be loyal to Wike, who helped install Fubara before the two men went their separate ways.

The impeachment plot resulted in the bombing of a part of the Rivers House of Assembly Complex, with some police officers firing tear gas and water cannon at Governor Fubara along a road in Port Harcourt.

Meanwhile, President Bola Tinubu mediated the crisis during Tuesday’s meeting of the National Police Council, which he (Tinubu) chaired, according to Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed.

“We discussed a very serious national issue that has security implications, and that is the problem that is emerging in Rivers State. The president, in his usual leadership position, intervened and that shows that there will be peace in that state,” Mohammed said.

Mr Wike, in a video uploaded on by Channels TV, said the crisis in Rivers had nothing to do with ethnicity.

“It is a matter of parties, (the) party knows how to resolve its own…. It is not an ethnic issue,” Wike told a delegation of South-South leaders who visited him on Tuesday in Abuja to express solidarity and congratulate him on his appointment as FCT minister.

“Our party is investigating it. That’s what I’ll say. “Every politician has his own interests,” he added.

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This is the first time Wike will make a public comment on the Rivers crisis.

The Director General of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Samuel Ogbuku, was part of the delegation.

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