Tensions in Rivers as Wike, Fubara Camps Clash Over Local Government Tenures

Tensions have risen in Rivers State as the conflict between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Minister of Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike shifts to local government areas.

Fubara directed local government chairmen aligned with Wike to vacate office by June 17, 2024, upon the expiration of their tenure. However, these chairmen have refused, citing an extension granted by the pro-Wike faction of the Rivers House of Assembly.

The Assembly, led by Martin Amaewhule, amended the law to extend the chairmen’s tenure by six months, allegedly due to Fubara’s failure to conduct local government elections. State ALGON Chairman Allwell Ihunda insisted that the law empowers them to remain in office.

Governor Fubara warned the chairmen not to disrupt the state’s peace, while Amaewhule cautioned against the formation of caretaker committees to fill vacant positions in the 23 LGAs.

The conflict has led to protests at several local government secretariats, with youths demanding the departure of some chairmen.

Security has been heightened at key locations, including Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor LGAs, to prevent potential violence. The situation remains volatile, with both camps unwilling to back down, threatening the stability of local governance in the state.

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