Rivers Crisis: Fubara’s Political Injuries Self-Inflicted, State APC Tells Abiye Sekibo, Others

Rivers State APC Chairman, Tony Okocha, during the media briefing
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By Akombo Aondona, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has warned unrepentant members of Atiku/ PDP supporters in the state to leave President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC state chapter and the Minister of the FCT, Nyeson Wike out of what they described as Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s “self inflicted political fisticuffs.”

In a press conference on Friday, 29 March, 2024 at the APC Media Centre, APC National Secretariat Abuja, the Rivers State Chairman of the APC Chief Tony C, Okocha, said “these groups of people are finding it difficult to forgive President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the FCT minister, Wike and the Rivers State APC over the sin of their woeful electoral defeat in the 2023 general election”.

Okocha said: “The attention of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State was drawn to a text of Press conference hosted yesterday by some unrepentant Atiku/PDP supporters in Rivers State.

“Our initial thought was to ignore the cul de sac machinated by the defeated and conquered politicians, who led the failed onslaught to lie, barefaced, to Nigerians on the Gov. Siminalayi Fubara’s self-inflicted political fisticuffs in Rivers State.

“But we feared that allowing their lies to go unchallenged and fester, will distort the true records. Hence, we elected to immediately put out a quick response as counter examples to the blatant lies they peddled and canvassed.

“The second reason why we would have opted for the choice of consigning the complete puerile text to the trashcan and don’t bother with it, is that the presenters lucidly introduced themselves as unrepentant leaders of Atiku’s 2023 Presidential Campaign in Rivers State and so forayed into their intra-party squabbles.

“We couldn’t have joined them in that Rivers PDP gymnastic arena. It would have been completely nonsensical. But in their attempt to being clever by half, they drew the irk of genuine APC Rivers Leaders and members, particularly the
adherents of Renewed Hope Agenda in Rivers State, through the unguided spews in their presentation.”

Governor Fubara of Rivers State

Okocha continued: “The undeniable fact of the matter is that all those that lined up on that table and signatories to the text in issue are still ardent believers of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar. It was deliberate and intentional.”Res ipsa loquitor.

“These persons can never forgive President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, His Excellency N.Wike and APC Rivers over the sin of their woeful electoral defeat.
Of course, it follows therefore, that anyone whose action or inaction, contributed to their dangerous fall, is inadvertently their sworn enemy. No wonder, they are surreptitiously targeting to cut out a pound of flesh from the Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, His Excellency, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike.

“This wicked subterfuge cannot work under our watch. Nigerians know the circumstances and situations and scenarios that played out uniquely in 5 PDP-controlled states in the build-up to the 2023 Presidential election and the aftermaths/concomitant churn out.

“This assembly of protesters did not only vehemently carry out rigorous and excruciating campaigns against Asiwaju but they thrumped up and funded hate speeches against Asiwaju.
They and their ilks championed the obscene and absurd denigration of Asiwaju in the media. They promoted the devilish narratives that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was frail and unhealthy. Mentally senile.Defecates on self and so, wears diapers.
Extremely old and incapable of presiding over Nigeria
Infact, they played God by promoting that Asiwaju was on the departure lounge and will pass on in a bit.

“These Protesters raised the issue of the political crisis in Rivers State and made attempts to link the Honourable Minister of the FCT to the fray.
What a puny logic they espoused!
It is so shameful that those champions of the slogan “Serving Son After Father” when Sir Siminalayi Fubara emerged in the PDP Governorship Primary, are now the “errand boys” of the son they despised.”

The Rivers APC chairman continued: “Political crisis in Rivers State is self-inflicted, I reiterate. Both the Governor of Rivers State and the 32 Assembly members were of the same party and family, with His Excellency Nyesom Wike, as father. Why is it the case that 27 Assembly members opted for the opposition party, APC, in Rivers State? Does anyone think strongly that as full-blown adults, anyone else can lead them by the nose? Or does anyone think that anyone can sit pretty on their noses? What of the remaining 3 members still in PDP and with Governor Fubara?Are they also robots?

“The Crisis is about crass inactivity and cluelessness and rudderlessness of the Governor and the penchant of the legislators to whip him to line latching on the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances.

“Rivers State is more than drifting to a pariah state, to atrophying into abysmal oblivion to say the least. How does it concern the Honourable Minister of the FCT serving under our
beloved APC-led Federal Government, who had long left the rostrum of power in Rivers State Government House?

“I am aware that despite our entreaties to the Honourable Minister of the FCT, to join us in APC with his winning magic wand, he still believes in PDP. If the Minister is PDP and the Governor, PDP, is it not apt to say that the bedeviling problems in Rivers State are intra-party?

“If the protesters feel concerned, shouldn’t it be honourable for them to look inwards to seek solutions to the problems than constituting themselves as snitches and fifth columnists and crisis merchants and so to justify their lucre, cast aspersions on the Abuja transformer and reformer, Honorable Minister E. N. Wike?

“Why do they want to further insult Mr. President and APC by telling him that he as leader of APC, appointed a kleptocrat into his cabinet as Minister?
When have they repented and withdrawn their suits in court, challenging the Powers of Mr. President to mediate in the political crisis in Rivers State?

“Have they repented from emboldening Governor Fubara to disrespect Mr. President by refusing to implement all the indices on the 8~point Presidential Proclamation, as panacea to the political crisis in Rivers State, which by their actions, they have continued to fuel?

“If they have respect for Mr. President as they mouth, why would they publicly condemn and refer to as illegal, a proper Assembly made up of 27 members out of now 30 (note that the Rivers State Assembly seats are 32, One member died and one claims to have resigned), Who are all members of the APC, even when Mr. President in index – 6 of the Presidential proclamation, recognized them as the legitimate Assembly in Rivers State and instructed Governor Fubara to present the 2024 State budget to the legitimate Assembly led by Rt Hon Martin Amaewhule?

“Why are they calling out and trolling Mr. President, the leader of our Party in such a derogatory manner? Why are they threatening the fragile peace in Rivers State? What counsels have they given against the prolifigacies of the PDP-led government in Rivers State?

“Are they not the ring leaders of the weekly rip-off of Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Rivers State coffers, through ostentatious jamborees conducted in the 23 LGAs of Rivers State, dubbed thanksgiving for Supreme Court victory of Gov. Fubara.

“What was Gov. Fubara’s case before the Supreme Court that was so fearful and obvious that he would have lost, that the Supreme Court, saved? Assuming without conceding that there was, could his be worse than all others who appeared before the Supreme Court?

“How many State Governors took to such weekly charade in their states even in the prevalence of economic downturn? Was it not our hitted advocacy that necessitated the holding of Rivers State Executive Council meeting (last Tuesday) that was held last in early December, 2023, yet the Governor continued to rule the state by whims and caprices of a dictator, autocrat and totalitarian?

“Have they been able to speak against the export of nudity of some vulnerable, hunger stricken and helpless old Rivers women, funded by the Government of Rivers State, through a Pro-Governor Fubara’s group called RIVERS Women Unite For SIM. All in the bid to showcase what the Governor referred to as “organic support”.

Okocha concluded: “If the midnight pseudo-lovers of Mr. President as shown in the text under critique now are convinced that Mr. President is abundantly fit and proper to preside over Nigeria and that his ten months in office has provided Renewed Hope for an eldorado for Nigerians and choose to recant their hitherto unsavoury and unprintable toxics against Mr. President, they should follow the proper channels allowed for porting or decamping to a new party.

“This approach of brow-beating and blackmailing they intend to use is not fashionable at all. No sane host tolerates a guest who attempts to enter his/her house, through the window when the door is open.
Finally, they should know that a tripe document as that signed by two persons without office and/or any authority whatsoever, except as they couched it:

DIRECTORS IN RIVERS STATE’, cannot qualify as position of Rivers State people. We vehemently reject it.”

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