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Despite Tinubu’s intervention, Wike vows to fight Fubara ‘even if heaven falls’

“You know I will not agree. If heaven will come down, let heaven come down so that everybody will be at rest,” said Mr Wike.

• November 1, 2023
FCT minister Nyesom Wike,Governor Siminalayi Fubara, President Bola Tinubu
FCT minister Nyesom Wike,Governor Siminalayi Fubara, President Bola Tinubu

FCT minister Nyesom Wike has vowed to fight to a standstill to maintain his political structure and relevance in Rivers, even if the heavens fall.

“Anybody who knows me knows too well: what I’ll never take is threat. You know I will not agree. If heaven will come down, let heaven come down so that everybody will be at rest,” said Mr Wike. 

He added, “Let’s do things right. He said they should bring N20 billion every month; that’s politics. But nobody said this when I was fighting. If you like, accuse me. I won’t even have sleepless nights because, as far as I’m concerned, the right thing must be done.”

The former Rivers governor stated this on Tuesday after the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the party’s National Working Committee had met in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mr Wike’s latest resolve defied President Bola Tinubu’s intervention in the political tussle between him and his successor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, on Tuesday.

“In politics, there are lot of internal wrangling. But you’re not going to say that because there are lots of internal wrangling, they’re not going to settle among themselves. I was the instrument. I had every power then to say where things should go,” Mr Wike told journalists. “When things are wrong, you ask questions. It’s a party affair. I don’t feel threatened. I’ll tell the truth and nothing but the truth.” 

The minister added, “It’s a party affair, party knows how they resolve their own mechanism. It’s not an ethnic affair. Our party is looking into it. That’s what I’ll say. Every politician has his own interests. I don’t want to go into details. All of us are one.”

Rivers House of Assembly lawmakers led by Speaker Martin Amaewhule, allies of Mr Wike, had embarked on impeachment proceedings against Mr Fubara and suspended the majority leader, Ehie Edison.

The move was, however, thwarted, as Mr Amaewhule was impeached while the suspended majority leader, Mr Edison, was elected to take over the position from him.

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