Tinubu Resolves Rivers Crisis; Meeting Halts Fubara’s Impeachment Plot, Orders Assembly’s Restoration
Some relief may have been brought into the roiling political tension in Rivers State as the emergency meeting called by President Bola Tinubu rose, Monday night, rose, giving specific instructions to the gladiators in the crisis.
President Tinubu, during the meeting, extracted commitments from all parties to the impasse to strictly abide by the eight resolutions reached at the meeting.
The resolution, signed by both Governor Siminalayi Fubara, his predecessor and minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, clearly spelt out specific steps that parties in the conflict must abide with.
Other signatories of the resolution are the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr Ngozi Ordu; Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, a loyalist of the FCT minister, Hon Martin Amaewhule; acting chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chukwuemeka Aaron; and the All Progressives Congress (APC) caretaker committee chairman, Chief Tony Okocha.
Also present at the meeting was former governor of the state, Dr Peter Odili.
Among others, the meeting resolved and directed Governor Fubara to withdraw all matters he instituted in the courts, and the State House of Assembly to drop all impeachment processes it initiated against the embattled governor.
The meeting also directed that Amaewhule’s leadership of the House of Assembly be recognised, and that Governor Fubara re-presents the state’s 2024 Budget to a properly constituted House of Assembly, led by Hon. Amaewhule.
Other resolutions are:
All matters instituted in the courts by the governor of Rivers state, Sir Fubara, and his team properly constituted House of Assembly, led by am, in respect of the political crisis in Rivers state, shall be withdrawn immediately.
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 Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule shall be recognized 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
The Governor of Rivers State, Sir Fubara, shall re-present 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 recognized.”