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Gov Fubara Offers to Step Down for Peace in Rivers State

Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State has expressed his readiness to step down from his position if it means bringing lasting peace to the state.

In an interview with AIT on Thursday, he emphasized that his dedication to the state’s well-being surpasses personal ambitions or political gains.

Fubara acknowledged the sacrifices made by the people of Rivers State and their aspirations for a better future.

He stressed that his concern lies with the welfare of the millions of citizens, rather than his own interests.

He said, “No sacrifice will be too big for me to pay for the success of this administration. The reason is very simple, it is not political love. It is not because I want to gain any favour from anybody. My interest and love for our dear state is genuine.

“I’m not trying to say I want to be one man that will be there to decide the fate of all, no. But let Rivers State remain.

“My burden wasn’t the issue of all the drama. It is the millions of Rivers people who had made sacrifices, who are seeing opportunity, and it looks as if their hopes are being dashed.

“They were the ones I was worried about. What would be their fate? That was my trouble. It is not about me.”

The Rivers governor further stated, “If leaving this position is what I need or what is needed to bring more peace in this state, I can even tell the people to come and take it. It is not about me. People should understand that definitely I’m here, I will go, but Rivers State will still remain.

“I am the governor. No matter what it is, there are things I could have done and there would have been a total crisis, but the ability to restrain in the face of crisis when you have the power to do things is maturity.”

Recall that Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been at loggerheads over the control of power in the state.

In the wake of the crisis in the state House of Assembly, the political rift between Wike and Fubara split lawmakers in the House, with 27 of them decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a party in whose central government Wike currently serves as minister.

The feud also saw the emergence of parallel sittings, an impeachment plot against the governor, the demolition of the Assembly complex, and a gale of resignations of pro-Wike commissioners in Fubara’s cabinet.



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