I Didn’t Invite Tinubu To Wade Into Rivers Crisis – FCT Minister, Wike

I Didn’t Invite Tinubu To Intervene In Rivers Crisis – FCT Minister, Wike

L-R FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, Dr (Mrs) George-Kelly Alabo, Hon (Dr) George-Kelly Alabo Pastor Chris Ugoh during the 20th wedding anniversary of Dr and Dr Mrs George Kelly Alabo at the Kings Assembly Church, Port Harcourt on Sunday, 24th December, 2023

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and former Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has denied inviting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to wade into the face-off between him and his successor, Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State. The crisis has since grown in proportion and threatening the peace and stability of the leading Southsouth state.        Wike said that rather be accused of meddling in the internal affairs of Rivers State, President Tinubu should be appreciated for intervening in the political situation in the state.

 Speaking during the 20th Wedding Anniversary/Thanksgiving of Hon Dr & Dr (Mrs) George-Kelly D.A. Alabo at The Kings Assembly Church, on Sunday, 24th December, Wike said it was strange that the same people who went to beg President Bola Tinubu to intervene in Rivers State issues are the ones now saying he lacks the constitutional power to intervene.

The Minister, who explained that he was not the one who went to the President to seek for his intervention added that the President must however be appreciated for his fatherly role.

 He said; “We must thank Mr President for interfering and intervening, but I was not even the one who went to the President to seek for his intervention. 

 They were saying “President intervene, President intervene, and President intervened, they are now saying Mr President has no constitutional power to have intervened. But they were the same people who sought the President’s intervention and he has intervened to bring peace. They are now turning around to say no, the President does not have the constitutional power.”

“No matter what circumstances, if Mr President invites me to a meeting and tells me to do something, within 24 hours I will carry it out. Mr President invited us and said do this, do this and this. You agreed, but later, you started saying he has no power to intervene. As for me, I have subjected myself to the peace process.” 

He went on to advise those taking sides in the political crisis in the State not to fall for political lies and propaganda but to always seek the truth as he disclosed the stories of him making demands on the state are false.  He said, “leave blackmail and propaganda, there is nothing I am looking for in the state. The truth would eventually come out.”

The Minister, who said there are rules in every career insisted that politicians must learn to follow the rules, “Being a Pastor, there are rules. Being a traditional ruler, there are rules. If you are aspiring to be a politician, know that there are also rules you must obey. I was Governor, I also obeyed rules and that didn’t stop me from performing my functions. That’s why you can see me with leaders. I would have thrown them away too, but I didn’t. 

If you get to the top and destroy the ladder, I don’t know how you will come down.”

 While saying that power and money can build or destroy people, the FCT Minister said he had never for one day, done anything to bring the State down.

 “As Governor, I fought many States to win back our oil wells. The money we are getting from those oil wells today is not in my pocket. Rather, it is for the benefit of the State.”

Speaking further, he said “We must tell our people the simple truth. I have done my own part and I am happy. I am doing well in Abuja too. There is nothing I am looking for in this State now. 

Cautioning people fueling ethnic division in the state the FCT Minister said “All of us, irrespective of who we are, we should know that Rivers State belongs to all of us irrespective of where you come from.”

He urged the church to continue to pray for peace to reign in the State and the country, and also pray for the President to succeed, saying “if the President does not succeed, all of us will suffer it.

  “As for me, I will continue to do my best to make sure that the President succeeds.”

Dr Alabo served as the Commissioner of Works during the tenure of Chief Wike as governor of Rivers State.

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