Wike Defends Choice of Fubara as Governor Amid Rivers State Political Turmoil

In the midst of the ongoing political upheaval in Rivers State, Federal Capital Territory Minister Nyesom Wike stands firm in his decision to appoint Siminalayi Fubara as governor. During a New Year luncheon at his Rumueprikom residence in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Wike underscored that the decision aimed to foster unity within the state.

Wike, alongside fellow state leaders, actively backed Fubara’s candidacy, with the former governor revealing his personal funding of nomination forms for Fubara and other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contestants. Dismissing critics, Wike asserted, “I was the one who paid for the forms for anybody who wanted to run for elections as governor, House of Assembly, and National Assembly.”

Truth Live News gathered that the decision-making process, as recounted by Wike, emphasized collaboration and inclusivity. Highlighting party unity, he stated, “We say we are all family members with no need for acrimony. Don’t spend your money; we will agree on who will run.” Wike recounted a pivotal moment when the elders’ council chairman nearly collapsed, underscoring the importance of accommodating diverse regional interests.

Wike revealed that the choice to support Fubara was grounded in a broader vision for state unity. He disclosed urging potential candidates, including former Rivers PDP Chairman Felix Obuah, to step down and make way for a governor from the riverine area. Obuah, a major contender, accepted Wike’s proposal to become the Director-General for the campaign.

Speaking about Obuah’s sacrifices, Wike shared, “My predecessor seized Obuah’s property, everything he owned, land, schools, and hotels. He was one of the frontrunners in the 2023 governorship election. I told him in my house to step down so that he wouldn’t run.” Wike emphasized that he facilitated Obuah’s role as DG, addressing criticisms by stating, “Those who open their mouths to talk don’t know anything. I was the one who paid for the forms for anybody who wanted to run for elections.”

Addressing the desire for a riverine governor, Wike reflected on the elders’ council’s expectations and stressed his commitment to broader representation, stating, “Let’s not create the impression that there are people who want to monopolize power. Let’s allow everybody to be part of it because we belong to one Rivers State.” He asserted that, if he had chosen an Ikwerre man, opposition would have been futile.

Wike reiterated, “I don’t regret what I did and I will never regret what I did because I want the unity of this state for us to forge ahead.” The minister’s decision reflects a dedication to inclusivity and unity, challenging regional biases and advocating for collaborative decision-making for the progress of Rivers State.


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