Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State, during a meeting with his predecessor and current Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt on Thursday, playfully referred to Wike as his ‘oga’ (boss). This light-hearted comment came as they came together in the state for the first time since the recent political crisis.
The occasion was the rededication service of the 2023/2024 Legal Year of the Rivers State Judiciary, held at Saint Cyprian’s Anglican Church on Hospital Road. To kick off his speech, Governor Fubara humorously asked the attendees to temporarily suspend recognizing guests to avoid any impeachable offenses.
On the feud with Wike, Fubara said: “My oga (boss) remains my oga. Whatever that has happened is in the past. I have not sent anybody to malign anybody.”
He characterized the recent political turmoil as a thing of the past, acknowledging that it had been a challenging period for the state, but expressing confidence that the misunderstandings would eventually subside. He made a commitment that his administration would work diligently for the welfare of the people.
Wike arrived at the church service towards its conclusion, sharing a handshake with his successor, Fubara, before taking a seat in the same row as him.
It’s worth remembering that a political crisis erupted when a state lawmaker attempted to impeach Governor Fubara. The situation escalated to the point where the House of Assembly was set on fire, and there were reports of security agents allegedly firing at the governor.
Fortunately, a semblance of calm has returned to the state, largely due to the intervention of President Bola Tinubu.
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