Wike vs Fubara: Full List of 4 Powerful Politicians Former Rivers Governor Fell Out With, One Wept

Wike vs Fubara: Full List of 4 Powerful Politicians Former Rivers Governor Fell Out With, One Wept

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria

Port Harcourt, Rivers state – Rivers state has been enmeshed in a political crisis since late October when some lawmakers tried to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The lawmakers who made that move were believed to be acting on the orders of Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT).

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In Nigeria, Wike is considered one of the most influential political figures of Southern extraction. Photo credits: Sir Siminalayi Fubara, Egele Micah, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike – CON, GSSRS
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Since October, the state house of assembly has split into two factions – Martin Amaewhule is the speaker of the several members who are backed by Wike while Edison Ehie is the speaker of the faction loyal to Governor Fubara.

Legit.ng reports that as of seven months ago, Wike and Fubara enjoyed a cordial relationship — a mentor-protégé affair. But Fubara is not the first prominent ally Wike will fall out with. Legit.ng writes on others.

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1) Rotimi Amaechi

Wike served as chief of staff (CoS) to Rotimi Amaechi while the latter was Rivers governor.

In 2011, Wike moved to Abuja as minister of state for education.

However, since 2014 when Amaechi left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the twilight of his second and final tenure as governor, both have been in different political parties and have become staunch political foes.

While Wike remained in the PDP, Amaechi, alongside some governors, defected to the newly formed APC.

2) Atiku Abubakar

A rift between Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 and 2023 elections, and Wike started in 2022.

Wike fell out with the PDP’s leadership since losing the primary election to Atiku in June 2022. Although he has insisted at several forums that he is still a member of the PDP, Wike is widely believed to have influenced votes for Atiku’s main rival, Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC), during the February 2023 presidential poll.

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To show gratitude for Wike’s contribution to the success of the APC in the 2023 presidential election, Tinubu appointed him FCT minister.

In September, the president lauded him (Wike) and said Wike is not just the FCT minister but his “adviser”.

3) Chidi Lloyd

In late 2022, a former Rivers lawmaker, Chidi Lloyd, apologised to Wike for attacking his administration. Before that scene where Lloyd broke down in tears publicly, both men used to be on good terms.

Lloyd, who could be seen in a viral video in tears, tendered the apology while speaking at the commissioning of the Akpabu-Omudioga-Egbeda road project in November 2022.

Lloyd is the current chairman of Emohua local government area (LGA).

Watch the video of Lloyd crying below:

4) Sim Fubara

Two former allies – Wike and Fubara – are daily drifting apart in the ongoing political crisis in Rivers state.

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Wike, after a meeting with some PDP governors in Abuja, accused Fubara of hobnobbing with his political adversaries. The minister also alleged that Fubara wants to destroy his (Wike) political structure.

Fubara reaffirms fairness and justice principle

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Fubara assured Nigerians that his government would continue to protect the interest of the people of the state.

The government thanked the people of Rivers ‘for their support’ so far.

Tinubu’s reconciliation move has failed – APC

Legit.ng also reported that Tony Okocha, the caretaker committee chairman of the APC in Rivers state, said efforts made by President Tinubu to settle the rift between Wike and Fubara have failed.

Speaking at a press conference at the APC national secretariat in Abuja recently, Okocha said although he was not part of the President’s intervention, he believed the reconciliation move has broken down.

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He added that the APC is wooing Wike to defect to the party, stressing that as soon as he becomes a member of the APC, he would become the party’s leader in the state.

Source: Legit.ng


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