The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike, stated on Thursday that those accusing him of requesting 25 percent from the Rivers State government were ignorant.
Wike made this statement during a visit by a delegation of the Rivers Caucus in the 10th National Assembly, which included three Senators and 11 members of the House of Representatives, in Abuja.
The controversy arose in Rivers State when the State Assembly attempted to impeach the incumbent Governor, Mr. Siminalayi Fubara.
Wike, who served as governor for eight years and now holds the position of FCT Minister, firmly denied the allegations, calling them “madness.” He emphasized that he has no interest in the governance of Rivers but is deeply concerned about the political structure they have built over the years.
He warned that anyone attempting to dismantle this political structure would face severe consequences, regardless of their performance in office.
Wike urged the members of the caucus to work together for the betterment of the people of Rivers and promised that if they make mistakes, he and others would offer constructive criticism without ulterior motives.
He highlighted the unity and resilience that have enabled them to withstand challenges, even as an opposition party since 2015, and encouraged them to continue working cohesively to defend their home turf.
Mr. Kinsley Chinda, the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, who spoke on behalf of the delegation, expressed their support for Wike and their gratitude for his support during the 2023 general elections. Chinda noted that Wike’s appointment was well-deserved and condemned the political crisis in the state, pledging their full backing to Wike.
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