Rivers crisis: Four pro-Wike commissioners resign from Fubara's cabinet.


Wike and Fubara

By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Four commissioners who are loyalists of the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday resigned from the cabinet of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

They are the Commissioner for Education, Chinedu Mmom, Commissioner for Housing, Gift Worlu, Jacobson Nbina, Commissioner for Transportation and Commissioner for Environment, Austen Ben-Chioma.

The four commissioners cited the political crisis in the state which resulted from a disagreement between Wike and Fubara, his successor as reasons for their action in the various letters of resignation.

They also cited a ‘toxic working environment’ as reason why they cannot continue to be part of the Rivers State Executive Council.

One of them, Dr Worlu added that he resigned because of the attempt to fuse the executive and legislative arm of government together in Rivers State.

The four commissioners were among the nine nine commissioners who resigned from Governor Fubara’s cabinet last year during the peak of the political crisis in the state.

They were, however, re-nominated and sworn in January following the intervention of President Bola Tinubu.

Our Correspondent reports that the resignations of the four Pro-Wike Commissioners were long overdue as the peace Accord brokered by President Tinubu has become a subject of controversy and litigations in various courts.

The loyalists of Wike, who is now the Minister of FCT have resigned from the cabinet.

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Just as the Wike’s loyalists are leaving the cabinet, there have been calls on Governor Fubara to appoint new Commissioners who can work with him.

For instance, the former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Leyii Kwanee commended Fubara for summoning the courage to appoint Dagogo Ibiroma as Attorney-General Commissioner for Justice amidst the raging crisis in the state.

He urged the Governor to continue in that line of boldness by sending more Commissioner nominees to the Rt Hon. Victor Oko-Jumno led House of Assembly for effective governance.

Kwanee urged all stakeholders in the crisis to sheathe their swords and push for a common front to address the present governance Crisis in the state.

He said the move demonstrated the Governor’s commitment to upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring the effective functioning of government.

He urged the Governor to sustain the momentum by sending more names of nominees to the Assembly to fill the remaining vacant commissioner positions for effective representation and good governance.

Kwanee, who lamented that the current political crisis in the state has adversely affected governance, adding that “it is imperative that swift action is taken to address the situation by filling critical positions which will enable the wheel of governance to move forward, providing much-needed services and support to Rivers People”.

The lawyer also called on the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to, as a matter of constitutional importance, conduct elections immediately to fill the vacant positions in the state legislature occasioned by the defection of 27 members, as provided by law.

This, he said, “will ensure that the state’s governance is truly representation of the people’s will”.

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