The interim chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Tony Okocha, revealed on Thursday that President Bola Tinubu’s attempts to reconcile the differences between the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, and the current Rivers State Governor, Simi Fubara, have proven unsuccessful.
Despite recent reports of a meeting between the President and the conflicting parties, the crisis persists, marked by the defection of 27 lawmakers loyal to Wike to the APC.
Okocha, addressing a press conference in Abuja, stated that he believes the reconciliation efforts have irreversibly broken down.
Additionally, he mentioned the APC’s efforts to attract the FCT Minister to join the party and asserted that the demolished House of Assembly complex does not hinder the lawmakers’ ability to carry out their duties. He criticized the actions of the state government and expressed the party’s commitment to challenging perceived illegalities.
“I wasn’t part of (Tinubu, Wike and Fubara’s meeting), but whatever that was, it has broken down, and it has been broken irreconcilably,” he said..
“The House of Assembly can be moved to anywhere. It is not necessarily down to a building. Provided the mace is present there, members can sit anywhere. As of this morning, the 27 lawmakers met and even signed some resolutions.
“Even when the building was burnt, the governor never bothered to set up a panel or committee to investigate. Apparently, we know he was the mastermind. Yesterday (Wednesday), the government brought it down to prove fait accompli to the members who defected. But we as a party have said we will fight illegalities and not allow anybody to hound any lawmaker.
“We are here to tell the world that we stand with the lawmakers. What they did is not an aberration. Defection is not new. In 2014, the PDP was run aground and the members left in droves to the opposing party.
“The PDP in Rivers has imploded and we are benefiting from the reward. We are telling the governor he cannot thrive on illegalities. I have given instruction to the legal adviser to petition the NJC to report the judge for delivering that ‘Jankara’ judgment.”