In a reconciliatory turn of events, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State declared his allegiance to his predecessor and current FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during a rededication service in Port Harcourt.
The meeting marked their first encounter since the political crisis that engulfed the state.
Addressing the congregation at the 2023/2024 Legal Year rededication service, Governor Fubara lightened the atmosphere with humor, urging the audience to refrain from recognizing guests to avoid “another impeachable offense.”
Regarding his relationship with Wike, he stated, “My oga (boss) remains my oga. Whatever that has happened is in the past. I have not sent anybody to malign anybody.”
Governor Fubara characterized the political crisis as a bygone era, expressing optimism that despite the challenges, the state would overcome. He reassured the public that his administration is committed to delivering for the people.
The atmosphere of reconciliation was evident as Wike arrived towards the end of the church service. A handshake between the two leaders symbolized a thawing of tensions, with Wike subsequently sitting on the same row as his successor.
Recalling the past turmoil, the attempted impeachment of Governor Fubara led to chaos, including the torching of the House of Assembly and alleged shots fired at the governor by security agents. The intervention of President Bola Tinubu contributed to restoring calm in the state.
As Governor Fubara extends an olive branch and emphasizes unity, the future trajectory of political dynamics in Rivers State remains a focal point of interest.