In an effort to put a stop to the political unrest in the state, Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara struck a deal yesterday with Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Chief Nyesom Wike.
At a pivotal meeting in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Bola Tinubu and other stakeholders brokered an eight-point peace agreement.
The peace resolutions state that Speaker Martin Amaewhule, the head of the G27 MPs who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), will take back the speakership and Mr. Edison Ehie will stand down. Impeachment proceedings against Fubara will also be halted. The governor will abandon all pending legal actions and present the House with a revised N800.3 billion budget for 2024. The four-man House of Ehie had last
At the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the President met with Fubara, Wike, Sir Peter Odili, the former governor of Rivers State, and a few other state stakeholders.
The two-hour meeting was also attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima, Ngozi Odu, the deputy governor of Rivers State, Nuhu Ribadu, the national security adviser, and Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, the president’s chief of staff.
The resolutions read as follows: “Governor Fubara and his team’s legal cases pertaining to the political crisis in Rivers State shall be immediately withdrawn.
“All impeachment proceedings initiated against the governor of Rivers State by the Rivers State House of Assembly should be dropped immediately
“The leadership of the Rivers State House of Assembly as led by the Amaewhule shall be recognised alongside the 27 members who resigned from the PDP
“The remunerations and benefits of all members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and their staff must be reinstated immediately and the governor of Rivers State shall, henceforth, not interfere with the full funding of the Rivers State House of Assembly
“The Rivers State House of Assembly shall choose where they want to sit and conduct their legislative business without interference and/or hindrance from the Executive arm of government
“Governor Fubara, shall represent the state budget to a properly constituted Rivers State House of Assembly.
“The names of all commissioners in the Rivers State Executive Council, who resigned their appointments because of the political crisis in the state should be resubmitted to the House of Assembly for approval
“There should not be a caretaker committee for the local governments in Rivers State. The dissolution of the Local Government administration is null and void and shall not be recognised.”
Fubara, Wike, Prof. Odu, Nuhu Ribadu, Amaewhule, Aaron Chukwuemeka, the chairman of the PDP in Rivers State, and Tony Okocha, the chairman of the APC in Rivers State, all signed the resolution.
Wike was not there at the beginning of the private meeting in the Presidential Villa, but he eventually attended.
In the most recent general elections, the FCT Minister played a crucial role in the ascent to power of Governor Fubara and other state elected officials in the National Assembly as well as the state.
27 lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last week as a result of the polarisation created by the disagreement between Fubara and Wike in the state House of Assembly. Later, two of the 27 MPs joined the four lawmakers who remained faithful to Fubara. Both sides have been engaged in a tug-of-war ever since the Speaker Edison Ehie-led House decided last week that the 25 seats held by Martin Amaewhule were empty.