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DISCLOSED: The Reasons Behind The Latest Rivers Conflict Made Fubara Take A Strong Stand Against Pro-Wike Lawmakers

May 14, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

The recent political turmoil in Rivers State was sparked by Governor Fubara’s refusal to sign the amended Rivers State Local Government (Amendment) Bill, which aimed to extend the tenure of Local Government chairmen aligned with former Governor Nyesom Wike.

On March 13, 2024, the House passed the bill, sending it to the Governor for approval. However, Governor Fubara vetoed the decision, leading to a standoff. In response, the House, under the leadership of Speaker Hon Martin Amaewhule, bypassed the Governor’s rejection and enacted the bill into law during its 159th Legislative sitting in Port Harcourt.

The crux of the issue revolves around the impending departure of the chairmen from their roles in all 23 local government areas, scheduled for June 17, 2024. There are allegations that Governor Fubara intended to replace them with caretaker chairmen loyal solely to him, escalating tensions.

Sources indicate that the House, particularly the 27 lawmakers aligned with Nyesom Wike, aimed to extend the chairmen’s tenure by at least six months. Any gubernatorial attempt to appoint caretaker chairmen would reportedly face legislative retaliation in the form of impeachment threats.

The political landscape has become a battleground between the PDP and APC over the impeachment controversy. The APC accuses Governor Fubara of disregarding separation of powers and misusing his authority, while the PDP challenges the legitimacy of the 27 lawmakers due to defections, questioning the validity of their impeachment calls.

Efforts to resolve the crisis, including intervention by President Bola Tinubu, have so far been unsuccessful. Governor Fubara has taken a tough stance against the pro-Wike lawmakers who have consistently overridden him. The situation remains unresolved, with tensions escalating in Rivers State.

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