April 15, 2024

Efforts by President Bola Tinubu to resolve the crisis in Rivers State has broken down, the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the State, Tony Okocha has revealed.

The crisis took another dimension this week following the defection of 27 members of the State Assembly loyal to Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike to the APC.

It would be recalled that the president recently held a meeting with Wike and Governor Siminalaye Fubara at the presidential villa in Abuja, to mediate between the two politicians in the state.

Addressing a press conference at the APC national secretariat on Thursday, December 14, in Abuja, following the developments in the state, including the peace move by Tinubu to end the strained relationship between Fubara and Wike, Okocha said: “I wasn’t part of it, but whatever that was it, has broken down, and it has been broken irreconcilably.”

He said that the four members of the state House of Assembly, led by the divisive Speaker Edison Ehie, were focusing on criminality and that their actions would not be tolerated as they sat and approved the budget that Governor Fubara had offered them for the fiscal year 2024.

Okocha said the APC was wooing Wike to defect to the party, stressing that as soon as he became a member of the APC, he would become the party’s leader in the state.

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