Explainer: Why is Wike Interested in Rivers State’s Political Structure?
Nyesom Wike, the minister of the federal capital territory and the former governor of Rivers state, has engaged his political successor, Siminalayi Fubara, in the battle of supremacy for the past three months.
The threat by the Rivers state house of assembly to remove Governor Fubara further fueled the tension in the state. President Bola Tinubu had to step into the situation to slow down the tension.
Tinubu’s intervention, however, generated negative reactions from some stakeholders, while many others shared dissenting views. But Governor Fubara has said nothing is too big to sacrifice for the state’s peace.
On his part, Wike complained about the governor tampering with the political structure he left in the state, adding that no politician would tolerate Fubara’s action in less than six months of handing it over to him.
However, many are asking why Minister Wike wants to retain the state’s structure.
Below are some of the reasons:
Political relevance/godfatherism Wike’s quest to retain his political structure in Rivers state is a testament to his desire to remain relevant in the state’s political scheme.
Just like every other politician, Wike did not just fight for relevance but retained his statute of godfatherism. He had bragged about how he bought the form for all the political office holders in the state, including Governor Fubara.
This could be one of the reasons he had 28 of the 32 lawmakers in his camp, even as the governor tried to rule them out.