After weeks of tumultuous political upheaval in Rivers State, a breakthrough was achieved on Monday as Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, sealed a historic truce following deliberations with President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Villa in Abuja.
The meeting, attended by notable figures such as Vice President Kashim Shettima and Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, marked a pivotal moment in resolving the protracted feud that had turned the state House of Assembly into a battleground.
Over the last three months, the rift between Wike and Fubara led to a schism within the House, resulting in 27 lawmakers defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where Wike currently holds a ministerial position.
The political turmoil manifested in parallel sittings, an impeachment plot against Governor Fubara, the demolition of the Assembly complex, and a wave of resignations among pro-Wike commissioners in Fubara’s cabinet.
Despite earlier interventions in October by the President and elder statesmen, the crisis escalated into a full-blown confrontation, setting the stage for Monday’s decisive meeting.
Key Resolutions Signal Path to Reconciliation:
●All matters in court to be withdrawn immediately
●Impeachment proceedings to be dropped immediately
●Leadership of RSHA led by Martin Amaewhule to recognize 27 members who resigned from the PDP
●Remuneration and benefits of all members of RSHA & staff to be reinstated with no more interference with the funding of RSHA by the governor
●RSHA to choose where to sit and conduct legislative business without interference/hindrance from executive
●Governor Fubara to represent the state budget to properly constituted RSHA
●Names of all commissioners who resigned to be resubmitted to the House of assembly for approval
●No caretaker committee for LG in Rivers state; dissolution of LG administration is null and void.