Edited By Georgina Humphrey
Elder statesman and Leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene in the crisis in Rivers State.
This is contained in a statement signed by him in Abuja.
The statement accuses the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, of plotting the impeachment of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
It also urges the President to call Wike and the security forces in Rivers State to order.
“I have been greatly disturbed by the reported developments in Rivers State in the last 24 hours, and I have been reliably informed that there is a plot to unlawfully remove Governor Siminalaye Fubara of Rivers State, who has spent only about five months in office” Chief states adds.
“I understand that the intention is to remove the Governor, force his deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu to resign, and install the Speaker of the House of Assembly, another Ikwerre person as the governor of the State” he states.
“Let me warn strongly, we won’t allow that to happen!
“President Bola Tinubu must call Nyesom Wike and the security agencies in Rivers State to order, to avert any untold crisis in Rivers State”.
According to the statement, the elder statesman says last night, the hallowed chamber of the Rivers State House of Assembly was burnt, in what apparently is part of the plot to destabilise the state.
“The governor was tear-gassed and was even threatened with being shot at when he visited the Assembly Complex after the incident to assess the level of damage, We are not in a barbaric state where people can do whatever they like; we are in a democracy and the tenets of constitutional democracy must be upheld by all” Chief Clark explains.
“Rivers people have suffered enough political crises. The state should not be allowed to degenerate again into its dark past, and the Niger Delta Region by extension, What has Governor Fubara done wrong? Refusing to be further ‘remote controlled’?
“Mr. Nyesom Wike was governor for eight years, nobody hassled him”.
“President Tinubu must act fast and avert the unfolding crisis in Rivers State in the interest of his administration, the nation’s democracy, and the Country at large. A word is enough for the wise”.
Written by: Blessing Nyor