Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has affirmed that his predecessor and current Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, remains his principal.
According to The PUNCH, he called on Rivers State residents to move past the recent political tension caused by the House of Assembly explosion.
Speaking at the opening of the 2023/2024 Legal Year church service in Port Harcourt, Fubara also urged support for his administration’s commitment to ongoing peace and state development, marking the first public appearance with Wike since the Assembly crisis.
Arriving towards the end of the church service, Wike shared a handshake with his successor, Governor Fubara, and sat alongside him in the same row throughout the service.
Fubara, beginning his speech, humorously requested the congregation to temporarily suspend acknowledging guests to avoid any unintended impeachable offenses.
He said, “My oga remains my oga. Whatever that has happened is in the past. I have not sent anybody to malign anybody.”
Acknowledging the challenging period for the state, Governor Fubara expressed confidence that the current political discord would subside, emphasizing his commitment to fulfilling the promises made to the people.
“We have a mission to give you development. We also know that the devil will always come in, one way or the other, but the important thing is for us to identify it and push the devil out of our road so that we can continue.
“So, I want to thank you for your support and also say that we need peace. Everybody should just relax, and realise that we need peace for us to progress in the state, which is only possible in the atmosphere of tranquility.”