Wike vs Fubara: 3 Crucial Reasons Rivers Governor Could Still Be Removed

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Governor Simi Fubara and FCT Minister Wike
FCT Minister Nyesom Wike and Governor Simi Fubara
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Wike vs Fubara: Three Crucial Reasons the Rivers Governor Faces Removal Threat

 

The political turmoil in Rivers State has taken a critical turn, with Governor Siminalayi Fubara facing potential removal from office amid escalating tensions with his political godfather, Nyesom Wike. Here are three compelling reasons why Governor Fubara’s seat might be in jeopardy:

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1. Demolition of Peter Odili’s Legacy Governor Fubara’s decision to demolish the Rivers State House of Assembly complex, a legacy built by former Governor Peter Odili, has triggered widespread disapproval. Odili’s influence transcends the state, and the destruction of his multibillion-dollar building may result in increased sympathy against Governor Fubara.

The move not only undermines the respect that both Wike and Rotimi Amaechi have shown towards Odili but also risks invoking federal intervention, considering Odili’s contemporary status with President Bola Tinubu.

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2. APC and President Tinubu’s Involvement Unlike former President Muhammadu Buhari, President Tinubu is known for actively supporting the APC. With almost 90% of lawmakers in Rivers State now aligned with the APC, the ruling party has a clear opportunity to take over if Governor Fubara is removed.

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Tinubu’s intervention in Ondo state during a political crisis demonstrates his commitment to the party’s cause. Governor Fubara’s actions, particularly the demolition of the state house of assembly, may prompt federal involvement in defense of democracy and the rule of law.

3. Pending Supreme Court Hearing Governor Fubara faces legal challenges as Tonye Cole, the APC candidate in the March 18 governorship election, pursues his mandate at the Supreme Court. Despite successfully defending Fubara’s mandate at lower courts, Wike’s alliance with Cole against Fubara at the Supreme Court poses a significant threat. Cole, looking to secure his place as one of Rivers State’s governors, could leverage this opportunity. The outcome at the Supreme Court remains uncertain, adding another layer of complexity to Fubara’s precarious political position.

In the midst of these challenges, Governor Fubara recently signed the 2024 appropriation bill into law, a move that follows the demolition of the state house of assembly complex, raising questions about the stability and future of governance in Rivers State. The political landscape remains volatile, and the Supreme Court’s impending decision could reshape the state’s leadership. Stay tuned for further developments as the power struggle unfolds.

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