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Fubara appoints ex-speaker Edison Ehie as chief of staff

Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, has appointed Edison
Ehie as his chief of staff.

 

Joseph Johnson, commissioner for information and
communications, confirmed Edison’s appointment  on Monday.

 

Johnson said Ehie and five other special advisers would be
sworn in by Fubara on Monday morning (today).

 

Ehie, an ally of Fubara, was elected speaker of the Rivers
assembly in October by a faction of the house — after he was removed as the
house leader.

 

He subsequently resigned as a member of the Rivers house of
assembly, representing Ahoada east constituency II, in December.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT)
and immediate past governor of Rivers, and Fubara, his successor, have been
embroiled in a struggle for control of the state’s political structure.

 

The feud between both men sparked a political crisis in the
state — one that led to the demolition of the state house of assembly complex.

 

In the wake of the crisis, Wike’s associates in the Rivers
house of assembly commenced impeachment proceedings against the governor.

 

Fubara’s allies kicked against the impeachment moves.

 

Thereafter, 27 lawmakers in the state house of assembly
defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives
Congress (APC).

 

At the time, Ehie declared the seats of the lawmakers who
defected vacant.

 

The political crisis also resulted in the resignation of
some of Fubara’s cabinet members.

 

On December 18, the governor and Wike agreed to end the
political feud between them after President Bola Tinubu intervened.

 

Some of the resolutions reached at the meeting were that:
All matters instituted in courts by the different factions should be
“immediately” withdrawn, the 27 lawmakers who defected to the APC should be
taken back as members of the assembly, and the impeachment proceedings against
Fubara should be withdrawn.

 

The 27 lawmakers who signed the impeachment proceedings
rescinded the notice against the governor.

 

The governor has also sworn in the commissioners who
resigned from his government.

 

Last week, a federal high court in Abuja remanded five men
for allegedly burning the Rivers state house of assembly complex in October.

 

Fire had gutted a section of the assembly complex and the
main chamber on October 29, while lawmakers were planning to initiate
impeachment proceedings against Fubara.

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