The apology was made yesterday in Omoku, at the country home of Felix Obua, the former state party chairman of the Rivers state chapter of the PDP.
Prior to the 2023 general elections, Felix Obua had declared interest to run for the governorship position in Rivers State but was asked to step down for Fubara. Fubara later emerged as the winner of the election and was subsequently sworn into office on 29th May 2023.
The choice of Fubara raised tension in the Rivers PDP family, but it was settled following a party stakeholders meeting convened by Wike, the then-governor of the state. The outcome of the meeting resulted in Obua being appointed as the Director-General of Fubara’s campaign organization, a position he handled excellently leading to the victory of the party in the election.
Chief Wike, the Minister of FCT, had held a luncheon at his house in Port Harcourt a week ago, where he apologized to his political allies who were at the meeting.
Last week, he visited Chief Victor Giadom, a chieftain of the APC, to rejuvenate their friendship, which has largely been affected by divergent political interests.
Recall that Chief Wike has been in political turmoil with his successor, Gov Fubara, for alleged interference in his political structure. The crisis skyrocketed further when the members of the State House of Assembly loyal to Wike moved an impeachment attempt on Gov Fubara. A development which led to the intervention of President Tinubu.
Yesterday’s apology rendered at Omoku headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA of Rivers State was the second time Wike has openly apologized to his allies and the entire Rivers people over his choice, regretting the decision of choosing Fubara as his successor.
Fubara’s fate as governor will be determined on the 15th of January 2024, as the Supreme Court will deliver the final verdict on the authenticity of his victory in the last general election as the governor of Rivers State.