By, Emmanuel Iriogbe,Abuja.
Elder statesman, Pa. Edwin Clark has called on President Bolaji Tinubu to immediately call the Minister of the Federal Capital Authority, FCT, Nyesom Wike and security agencies to order over plots to impeach the River State Governor, Siminalaye Fubara and the attendant chaos the state is presently passing through.
Clarke who is National Leader of the social cultural group, South-South/PANDEF gave the warning in Abuja today at a press conference titled; Enough is Enough.
According to the one time federal minister; “I have been greatly disturbed by the reported developments in Rivers State in the last 24 hours. I have been reliably informed that there is a plot to unlawfully remove the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Siminalaye Fubara, who has spent only about 5 months in office.
“I understand the sad episode is being orchestrated by the immediate past Governor of Rivers State and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Nyesom Wike. And that the intention is to remove the Governor, force his deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu to resign, and install the Speaker of the House of Assembly, another Ikwerre person as the governor of the State. Let me warn strongly, we won’t allow that to happen.
“President Bola Tinubu must call Nyesom Wike and the security agencies in Rivers State to order, to avert any untold crisis in Rivers State”
He alleged that the burning of the hallowed chamber of the Rivers State House of Assembly overnight was apparently done as part of the plot to destabilize the State.
“The Governor was tear-gassed and was even threatened with being shot at when he visited the Assembly Complex after the incident, to assess the level of damage.
“We are not in a barbaric state where people can do whatever they like; we are in a democracy and the tenets of constitutional democracy must be upheld by all Rivers people have suffered enough political crises, the state should not be allowed to degenerate again into its dark past, and the Niger Delta Region by extension.
“The consequences would be dire for the stability of the region and the National Economy. He warned.
Clark queried the offence of Gov. Fubara and asked if by refusing to be further “remote controlled” by Nyesom Wike who served as Governor for 8 years and nobody hassled him had become a crime.
He therefore advised President Tinubu to as a matter of urgency act fast ‘and avert the unfolding crisis in Rivers State in the interest of his administration, the nation’s democracy, and the Country at large’.