Amid the lingering political crisis in Rivers State, the
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has said he had no
regrets about making Siminalayi Fubara governor.
Wike said the decision to make Fubara governor was made to
ensure unity in the state.
Speaking at a New Year luncheon he organised in his country
home, Rumueprikom, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the Rivers State on
Sunday, the minister said he and some leaders of the state picked and worked
for Fubara’s emergence.
The immediate past governor also recounted buying nomination
forms for Fubara and others who contested on the platform of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
According to Wike: “Those who open their mouths to talk
don’t know anything. I was the one who paid for the forms for anybody who
wanted to run for elections as governor, House of Assembly and National
Assembly. Let one person raise his hand and say he bought forms.
“We say we are all family members with no need for acrimony.
Don’t spend your money, we will agree on who will run. The day we made the
final decision, the Chairman of the elders’ council nearly collapsed.
“He is here. OCJ Okocha was there, Awuse was there. Omehia
was there. He nearly collapsed. Why? He wanted a governor from the riverine
“When I looked at him, I said, ‘Why will I allow this old
man to just die.’ I say let’s not create the impression that there are people
who want to monopolise power.
“Let’s allow everybody to be part of it because we belong to
one Rivers State. If I had wanted, nobody would have stopped me. Nobody had
what it takes to even be near me.
“And to God be the glory, I don’t regret what I did and I
will never regret what I did because I want the unity of this state for us to
forge ahead. If I wanted an Ikwerre man, nobody would have stopped me”.
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