Edwin Clark to Tinubu: Call Wike to order | Breakdown of order in Rivers degenerating


Edwin Clark, convener of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has asked President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the political crisis rocking Rivers state.

On Monday, 27 members of the Rivers house of assembly defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers who are said to be loyal to Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), held a plenary session at about 8 am where the decision was taken amid tight security.

The legislators said division within the PDP was their reason for jumping ship.

The defection of the lawmakers is reportedly connected to the rift between Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers and Wike, his predecessor, over control of the political structure in the state.

The crisis between the two politicians heightened last month, culminating in an attempted impeachment of Fubara.

Despite Tinubu's reported intervention, the political crisis looks far from resolved

Early this month, Wike said he would do all it takes to maintain his "political structure" in the state,

"Nobody can take away the political structure in Rivers. Nobody can intimidate me. If I want to do something, I will do it. The impeachment is not a military coup, it is provided under the constitution," Wike had said.

The minister had also called Fubara an ingrate, saying he is "trying to create" a political crisis for himself.

During a recent quarterly general meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt, Fubara said he would not surrender the mandate of the people "to intimidation, blackmail and deliberate sabotage".


In a letter addressed to the president, Clark asked Tinubu to "personally handle this matter".

"Mr. President, I want to seek your clarification, why is the Minister keeping structures and for what purpose," Clark wrote.

"I recall that in his days as a Governor, he had attacked the concept of godfatherism as totally unacceptable

"As a matter of fact, this made him to fall out with his predecessor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past Minister of Transportation, whom we know was not even directly interfering in the affairs of the state.

"So, what purpose are the structures supposed to serve when there is a governor in place?

"This is a question that he owes you and all Nigerians.

"If all governors who as a matter of right, insist on allowing their favoured candidates as successor, insist on controlling them, insist on controlling the State Assemblies, insist on controlling the structure which they left behind, what manner of confusion will we have in Nigeria?

"To further put themselves against the Governor and possibly drag you and your political party, the APC, we are now receiving a breaking news that "27 Members of Rivers State House of Assembly (all of whom are PDP like the Governor) decamped to the APC. The question is what is going on?

"In his state, at a relatively young age of 55 years, my son Wike had been a Minister of State, Minister in Federal Ministry of Education, before serving as Governor for 8 years and now Minister of FCT. So what does he need a structure for? This is very curious.

"If strong politicians such as yourself and other former presidents never talk about controlling structures, so how can a minister be threatening a governor not to touch a structure he has left in place.

"This is a bad precedent and if other Ministers in your government follow this trend, then it will be total confusion!"

Clark said the minister is focusing on the wrong problems and and told Tinubu that "as a member of your cabinet, you may need to call this minister to order to face the work in the quietness which is demanded of him".

"He should focus on his office and know that he is just one among a cabinet of 48 persons, besides the Vice President and yourself," Clark added.

"The country has enough problems which your government must sit down to solve. The FCT itself is full of challenges all over and he has more than he can chew and therefore avoid these distractions."

The PANDEF convener said a further degeneration of the political crisis in Rivers would spell chaos for the country because of the state's importance to the stability of the Niger Delta and the overall national economy.

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  1. Pa Edwin Clark, you are wasting your time by calling on Tinubu. Who is Tinubu, a master of same thing about to happen in Rivers namely God-fatherism in absolute terms. Have you forgotten the travails of Akinwumni Ambode in the hands Tinubu? Evil begets evil any where. Fubara should use all the resources available to him to ensure that those 27 Judases of the state assembly do not have peace in Rivers State. He must term them terrorists and Hesbolah of Rivers democracy. If he chooses to sleep, looking for whatever intervention, Wike will take him by surprise. He must make Rivers state hell for even Wike. Let the heavens fall.


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