The leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, has said the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, is behind the plot to impeach Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State.
Clark claimed that Wike wants Fubara impeached and replaced with the Speaker of the House of Assembly.
The Rivers State House of Assembly had removed Fubara’s loyalist and majority leader, Edison Ehie.
Ehie was removed for allegedly frustrating an attempt to initiate impeachment proceedings against the governor on Monday.
However, Clark warned against any move to impeach the governor.
In a statement he signed, the PANDEF leader said the tenets of constitutional democracy must be upheld by all Rivers people who he said have suffered enough political crises.
The statement reads, “I have been greatly disturbed by the reported developments in Rivers state in the last 24 hours. I have been reliably informed that there is a plot to unlawfully remove the governor of Rivers state, His Excellency, Siminalaye Fubara, who has spent only about 5 months in office,” he said.
“I understand the sad episode is being orchestrated by the immediate past governor of Rivers state and the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike. And that the intention is to remove the governor, force his deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu to resign, and install the speaker of the house of assembly, another Ikwerre person as the governor of the state. Let me warn strongly, we won’t allow that to happen!
“President Bola Tinubu must call Nyesom Wike and the security agencies in Rivers State to order, to avert any untold crisis in Rivers state.
“We are not in a barbaric state where people can do whatever they like; we are in a democracy and the tenets of constitutional democracy must be upheld by all Rivers people have suffered enough political crises, the state should not be allowed to degenerate again into its dark past, and the Niger Delta region by extension. The consequences would be dire for the stability of the region and the national economy.
“President Tinubu must act fast and avert the unfolding crisis in Rivers state in the interest of his administration, the nation’s democracy, and the country at large.”
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