Governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will convene an emergency meeting on Tuesday to address the impeachment threat against Rivers State Governor Similanayi Fubara.
The meeting aims to reconcile Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who is now the Minister of the FCT. The two have been at loggerheads since Fubara became the governor of the oil-rich state on March 18, 2023, with Wike’s support.
Sources close to Fubara said the former governor’s interference in his administration had become intolerable, but the reason for their rift remains unknown.
The tension between them escalated on Sunday when unknown arsonists torched the state house of assembly’s hallowed chamber. The attack was reportedly meant to thwart the impeachment plot against Fubara by some lawmakers loyal to Wike.
The fire service swiftly contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to other parts of the assembly complex.
Fubara, who visited the scene to inspect the damage, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by some rogue police officers who opened fire at him. He denounced the violence and the coup attempt by some disgruntled elements.
The PDP leadership in Rivers State has urged both the executive and legislative branches to show restraint and resolve their differences peacefully.
In a statement signed by the state chairman, Desmond Akawor, and secretary, Benebo George, the party said it was aware of the impasse and confident that it would be handled amicably.
The statement added that the party was consulting with various stakeholders and eminent personalities in the state to find a lasting solution to the crisis, which it described as a family affair.