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Rivers governor Fubara hints at probe of Wike’s administration

Siminalayi Fubara's Decision to Probe Past Administration, Potentially Targeting Nyesom Wike, Adds New Dimension to Political Rift.

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In a significant escalation of the ongoing feud between Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, Fubara unveiled plans on Monday to establish a judicial panel of inquiry aimed at scrutinizing the governance practices preceding his tenure. This move, announced during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Attorney General of the state, Dagogo Iboroma, signals a pivotal moment in the protracted power struggle between the two political heavyweights.

Fubara’s decision to set up the inquiry panel is widely interpreted as a direct challenge to Wike’s legacy and leadership, reflecting the deepening animosity between the erstwhile allies turned adversaries. The rift between Fubara and Wike erupted last October when Wike’s loyalists in the state House of Assembly made a failed attempt to impeach Fubara, sparking a bitter political feud that has since intensified.

During the swearing-in ceremony, Fubara underscored the critical role of the new attorney general in navigating the legal challenges confronting his administration. He emphasized the need for courage and integrity, hinting at forthcoming legal battles and the imperative of robust legal representation. Moreover, Fubara hinted at the inquiry panel’s mandate, indicating a broad investigation into governance affairs preceding his assumption of office.

The decision to replace the former attorney general, a staunch Wike loyalist, with Iboroma, underscores Fubara’s strategic realignment within the state bureaucracy, consolidating his grip on power amidst the escalating political turmoil. While lamenting the failure to resolve the internal dispute amicably, Fubara expressed determination to forge ahead, prioritizing the interests of the Rivers people over internal political squabbles.

Fubara’s scathing remarks directed at his predecessor during the ceremony further underscored the acrimony between the two factions. Accusing Wike’s administration of sabotage and unethical conduct, Fubara denounced the former attorney general’s alleged malfeasance, portraying the appointment of Iboroma as a corrective measure aimed at restoring integrity and professionalism to the state legal apparatus.

As the political rift deepens, Fubara’s initiative to probe his predecessor’s governance practices represents a significant escalation, further polarizing the state’s political landscape and setting the stage for a protracted legal and political battle. The establishment of the inquiry panel heralds a new phase in the power struggle, with far-reaching implications for Rivers State’s political future.

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