In the midst of the Rivers crisis, Nyesom Wike stated, “If you take away my base, I become politically irrelevant.”


The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and former Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has offered his perspective on the ongoing crisis in Rivers State, particularly the move to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The rift between Wike and Fubara has deepened in the face of the impeachment threat by the Assembly, with many pointing fingers at Wike as the mastermind behind the plot. Additionally, the Rivers Assembly Complex was engulfed in flames on Sunday night, just before a planned vote to remove the incumbent governor.

Further drama ensued on Monday morning when key officials in the Assembly were removed, and gunshots were heard. In an unexpected turn of events, Fubara visited the Assembly Complex on Monday to assess the extent of the damage and claimed that he had been shot at by the police.

While meeting with South-South leaders in his office on Tuesday, October 31, Wike emphasized the importance of maintaining his political stronghold to retain his political significance.

He underscored that, as a politician, losing his base equated to losing his political relevance. Wike remarked, “All of us want to be politically relevant; all of us want to maintain our political structure. Is it not your political structure? Will you allow anybody to just cut you out immediately? Everybody has a base. If you take my base, am I not politically irrelevant?”

Wike acknowledged the presence of internal disagreements in politics and the need for parties to address such issues through their internal mechanisms. He stressed that political disputes were not about ethnicity and expressed confidence in the party’s ability to resolve the situation.

In conclusion, he noted, “Our party is addressing it. Every politician has their interests.”

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