President Bola Tinubu has waded into the political crisis rocking Rivers State.
Tinubu chaired a meeting of key stakeholders from the state on Monday, where the warring parties were urged to shealth their sword.
Recall that the state has been engulfed in crisis in recent times with a festering feud between the governor of Rivers state, Siminalayi Fubara, his predecessor and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike and their followers.
But in a resolution co-signed by Fubara, his Deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu, Wike, the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, Speaker, Rivers State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule, PDP Chairman, Rivers State, Aaron Chukwuemeka, and APC Chairman, Rivers State, Tony Okocha, it was resolved that, “All matters instituted in the courts by the Governor of Rivers
State, Sir Fubara, and his team, in respect of the political crisis in Rivers State, shall be withdrawn immediately;
“All impeachment proceedings initiated against the Governor of Rivers State by the Rivers State House of Assembly should be dropped immediately;
“The leadership of the Rivers State House of Assembly as led by the Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule shall be recognized alongside the 27 members who resigned from the PDP;
“The remunerations and benefits of all members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and their staff must be reinstated
immediately and the Governor of Rivers State shall henceforth not interfere with the full funding of the Rivers State House of
“The Rivers State House of Assembly shall choose where they
want to sit and conduct their legislative business without interference and/or hindrance from the Executive arm of government”
It was also resolved that “The Governor of Rivers State, Sir Fubara, shall re-present the state budget to a properly constituted Rivers State House of
“The names of all commissioners in the Rivers State Executive
Council who resigned their appointments because of the political crisis in the state should be resubmitted to the House of Assembly for approval,” and that, “There should not be a caretaker committee for the local governments in Rivers State. The dissolution of the Local Government administration is null and void and shall not be recognized.”
Others at the stakeholders’ meeting that came out with the resolutions were the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Rivers state, Sir Peter Odili, some notable politicians and traditional rulers from the state.