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Fubara betrayed me, says Wike

...as he discloses that Fubara is fraternising with those who opposed his emergence

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has disassociated himself from the ongoing power tussle between his successor, Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State and the State House of Assembly.

Although, displeased by the betrayal of his successor, the minister, who spoke during a media chat in Abuja on Tuesday, clarified that he has no hand in the impeachment plans against Fubara.

Wike advised Fubara to honour the agreement they had before his emergence, the one he signed when President Bola Tinubu intervened in the Rivers crisis and also stop treating lawmakers in the state as his boys.

The minister also recounted how some political stakeholders in the state kicked against the candidacy of Fubara at the initial stage, describing him as an inexperienced politician.

He detailed instances where these individuals attempted to undermine the governor’s credibility by petitioning against him when he sought to collect his certificate from the PDP National headquarters.

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Against all odds, Wike noted that he ensured his successor received his certificate but expressed shock that Fubara turned against him (Wike) and started fraternising with the same set of politicians that worked against his emergence.

He said, “These same people said this governor was a neophyte and that he’s my boy. They said they couldn’t bring themselves down to support him. They wrote a petition when this governor wanted to go and collect his certificate at the PDP National headquarters.

“They carried rumours to Ayu the then Chairman that the governor is being looked for by EFCC. So they said he was not coming to the PDP National Secretariat. But they were surprised that the governor came and picked his certificate. I know these people and their antics. They did the same thing to Amaechi. When they gave Amaechi a ticket, Senator Lee Maeba came out and owned up that they were the ones who wrote to the EFCC against him when Nuhu Ribadu was in office.”

The Minister wondered why Fubara refused to re-present the 2024 budget after the court had invalidated an earlier budget he presented.

He asked rhetorically, “What is it in the budget that you don’t want to present?”

When challenged on why he can not concentrate on his job as FCT minister, he responded by saying, “Leave Rivers State? Where am I from? Am I from Abuja? I should not oil my political machinery. Control where?”

“Is that control? Solve your problem. I, as a minister, have a good relationship with the National Assembly because I need them.”

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