The peace deal between Rivers State Governor,
Siminalayi Fubara, and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, initiated by President Bola Tinubu, was justified by Fubara on Monday amid the state’s crisis.
Fubara, in his Monday broadcast, said the President’s intervention to end the crisis was not a fatal blow, but a guarantee of lasting peace in the state.
The Governor then vowed to carry out the peace agreement in a manner that would bring back political stability in the state. However, the Peoples Democratic Party National Working Committee cautioned the governor not to go ahead with the agreement he signed without the party’s (PDP) contribution, which gave him the mandate to govern.
It was reported that the state’s crisis worsened on December 11, 2023, when 27 state House of Assembly members left the PDP for the A.P.C.
Following Tinubu’s lead, Fubara signed an eight-point peace agreement with the FCT Minister on December 18 to resolve the political crisis in the state.
Nevertheless, the PDP joined a lawsuit to advocate for the vacant of the seats of the lawmakers who defected from the party to the APC.
The PDP swore to pursue the case relentlessly despite Tinubu and Fubara’s political solution..
But addressing the peace deal in his Christmas Day broadcast, the governor promised to implement the agreement without sacrificing the interest of the people of the state.
The governor also confirmed that he had paid the allowances of the lawmakers and that the defected lawmakers had retracted their ‘alleged’ impeachment.
He added he would follow a path that would best promote and safeguard the collective interest of the state and its people.
The governor said, “Let me, therefore, ask for your kind understanding and urge you to have confidence in the process we are undertaking to find lasting peace in our state as we are confident that we can achieve stability and progress without risking the collective interest of our people.”
Fubara also praised President Tinubu for his role in bringing some lasting peace to the political crisis in the state, stating that the effort showed that Tinubu cares for Rivers State.
In his words, “By this singular effort, our dear President has demonstrated that he loves Rivers State and cherishes nothing short of a reign of perfect peace in our State with his presidential peace proclamation on the 18th of December 2023. Mr President’s Peace Proclamation has naturally elicited mixed reactions from our people and across the country.
“As a principal participant in the entire saga, I have taken some time to study the terms therein and have come to the conclusion that the peace pact is not as bad as it may be portrayed by those genuinely opposed to it.
“It is certainly not a death sentence. I reaffirm my acceptance and my commitment to implementing both the letter and spirit of the declaration in such a way and manner that will restore political stability to our dear state without compromising the collective interest of our people and our cherished and shared democratic values.
“Both parties have demonstrated some goodwill in the implementation process with the withdrawal of the purported impeachment notice on their part and the release of hitherto withheld allowances of the members of the State House of Assembly by the Government.
“I have said before there is no price too much to pay for peace and with the realization that the worst peace is better than the best war. We will strive to make peace with all segments and interest groups without surrendering our freedom nor jeopardizing the interest and well-being of the good people of Rivers State who graciously entrusted us with their cherished mandate.”