Chidi Amadi, the Chief of Staff to Governor Siminalayi
Fubara, has resigned.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph
Johnson, confirmed Amadi’s resignation on Wednesday.
Johnson said Fubara would announce a replacement for Amadi,
a loyalist of ex-governor Nyesom Wike, at the appropriate time.
“The former Chief of Staff, Hon Chidi Amadi, has resigned.
The governor will announce another Chief of Staff at the appropriate time.
“It is the prerogative of the governor to appoint when he
wants it. He will tell us and we will announce it and you will also get the
release to that effect,” he said.
Efforts to reach Amadi were unsuccessful as he neither
answered several calls put across to his mobile line by our correspondent nor
replied to WhatsApp and text messages sent to him on Wednesday night.
Amadi is Wike’s kinsman from Obio/Akpor Local Government
Area of Rivers State. His resignation brings to 10, the number of Wike’s
loyalists who have left Fubara’s administration since the beginning of the
political crisis between Fubara and his estanged political godfather, Wike.
Amadi’s resignation comes on the heels of calls on Fubara to appoint a former
factional Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, as Chief of
On January 3, the Ijaw Youth Council, Worldwide, called
on Fubara to appoint Ehie as the Chief
of Staff in compensation for standing by the government at the height of a plot
by 27 lawmakers loyal to ex-governor Nyesom Wike to impeach Fubara.
The plot to impeach Fubara led to the
factionalisation of the Rivers State House of Assembly, with Ehie leading four
members, while Martin Amaewhule, led 26 pro-Wike lawmakers.
In December, Fubara shunned the 27 pro-Wike lawmakers and
presented the 2024 budget to the five-member Ehie faction, which passed the
budget on December 13.
However, following the intervention of President Bola
Tinubu, Fubara, as part of an eight-point resolution reached at Aso Rock in
Abuja, was asked to recognise the 27 pro-Wike lawmakers and take the budget
back to them for passage.
Weeks after the Abuja meeting, Ehie resigned his membership
of the House of Assembly, writing the Independent National Electoral Commission
that he ceased to be an Edo lawmaker.
Though Ehie did not give any specific reason for resigning,
Fubara, speaking days later, said Ehie’s exit was part of calculated moves to
give peace a chance and resolve the political crisis engulfing the state.
On Tuesday, the
Amaewhue-led Assembly, during its plenary at the Assembly quarters along
Aba Road, Port Harcourt, called on Fubara to bring the 2024 budget for fresh
passage, saying the state was being run without a budget.
But as of Wednesday, Fubara had yet to comment on the
request of the lawmakers, even as no state government official had reacted to
the statement which may signal another round of crisis in the state.
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