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Rivers Crisis: The Actual Cause of Wike and Fubara Political Feud Revealed (VIDEO)

Rivers Crisis: The Actual Cause of Wike and Fubara Political Feud Revealed (VIDEO)

The actual cause of the ongoing political feud between governor Siminalaye Fubara of Rivers state and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike has come to light during an interview with Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe on Channels TV. The Rivers crisis has deepened, leading to resignations and defections by Wike’s loyalist in the executive cabinet and the House of Assembly.

Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, who is the National Coordinator, South-South Leadership Forum, on Saturday also said Governor Siminalayi Fubara offered to resign his position before the crisis in the state escalated to the level it currently is.

Rivers Crisis: The Actual Cause of Wike and Fubara Political Feud Revealed

According to Sara-Igbe, the mismanagement of the Rivers state internally generated revenue (IGR) led to the feud between the governor and his predecessor.

He stated, “What is the problem? Wike has come to tell the world that he was fighting Sim because Sim wanted to take his structure. What is the structure six months after elections; we are not close to elections, so what has structure got to do?

“Let me tell you about the structure; before Wike left government, the state was making over N10bn internally generated revenue (monthly). When he left, the IGR came down to N6bn. And the governor, a former Accountant General of the state, asked questions and in the process he engaged somebody to look at the books, and the commissioner of finance reported to Wike and the former governor got angry. That is the structure.

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“Secondly, the money coming from the federation account, Wike tied the money to one project or the other. So, when the money comes, it goes to the banks and they collect theirs from it and pay the contractors. Of course, we didn’t even know the cost of the contracts, so when this governor felt, ‘how will I run a government when I don’t have the resources’, the minister became hostile to the governor and the governor said ‘okay, let me resign if that is the case’. The PDP elders prevailed on him not to resign, thinking it would be messy.

“As soon as that ended, I came on air and advised Nyesom Wike to leave this man alone to govern, allow him, even if he’s your son’. I even went as far as giving him references like the Sarakis. Dr Olusola Saraki brought the son, Bukola, to that seat but when their ideologies did not agree, the son told him to go and rest.”

Sara-Igbe said it was difficult to make a governor subservient in Nigeria, because of the huge influence and power available to the occupiers of the office.

He added, “You cannot make somebody a governor; a very important seat in Nigeria – that was the seat Odili sat and he almost became the president; that was the seat (former governor Rotimi) Amaechi sat and he connived with others to remove a sitting president; that is the seat Wike himself sat and became a superman – and you are asking somebody who is on that seat to be subservient. But the governor is still loyal.

The political crisis in Rivers state has deepened leading to two factional speakers of the state Assembly, the defection of 27 PDP lawmakers to the APC, the demolition of the state assembly complex and a gale of resignations from the governor’s cabinet in the past weeks.

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