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Police Take over Rivers Assembly

•Timi Frank urges Tinubu to caution Wike

Heavily armed policemen have taken over the entrances of the Rivers State House of Assembly quarters along the Aba Road, Port Har- court, the state capital less than a day after Governor Siminalayi Fubara visited the complex. The factional Speaker of the House, Hon. Martins Amaewhule, had accused Fubara of plotting to demolish the legislative quarters, though the Governor said that he was there to access the state of the complex.

Amaewhule’s claim had forced him and other pro-Nye- som Wike lawmakers to seek the protection of the complex by policemen, who stormed the area on Friday. More than 20 policemen barricaded the two gates of the complex to secure the facility, with almost the same number of patrol vans stationed at the two entrances of the complex.

Meanwhile, Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, yesterday, warned that the current illegal impeachment plot against the Governor of Rivers State, Simi Fubara, would have devastating effect on the President Bola Tinubu’s administration. He therefore, called on President Tinubu to call Wike to order in his bid to install another Ikwere man as Governor in Rivers State through the back door.

Frank made these assertions in a statement made available to reporters in Abuja. He under- scored the critical and strategic importance of Rivers State to the economic, social and political survival of the country.

According to him, Fubara was freely elected by Rivers’ people during the last general election, “so any attempt to illegally remove him will lead to a very serious political crisis in the state that may not only affect the economy but setback the present administration’s revenue and development drive.” He declared that the renewed orchestration by Wike to illegally remove Fubara, is an attempt to undermine the Ijaw people in Rivers State.

Frank said: “Since 1999, this is the first time in Rivers State when you have a Governor from the Ijaw ethnic extraction. Every other person who has become governor since 1999 had successfully done two tenures of eight years. Even though it is common knowledge that he was one of those that were instrumental and backed Fubara to become governor, that does not mean Fubara will now become his stooge and neglect to carry out his constitutional duties as the governor of Rivers State.”

Frank, who represents the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in East Africa and the Middle East, added: “Fubara was not elected for the sole purpose of protecting the interests of a godfather or a dictator. “I dare say that the same way Wike feels that he supported Fubara to become governor is the same way he was supported by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, to become governor of Rivers State which he ruled for eight years.

So, God will always use people to support anybody to become governor or whatever position they aspire to, but that does not mean those who emerged will now become slaves to those that helped them to power. “During Wike’s time, he was not a slave to Jonathan nor his wife, Patience that helped him to become governor but rather he displayed ingratitude to Jonathan and his wife. Therefore, we are using this opportunity to call on Tinubu to call on his Minister Wike to stop his illegal and devilish plot against Fubara

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