Chief David Briggs, a member of the Rivers Elders’ Forum and former Commissioner for Works, has alleged that President Bola Tinubu imposed the resolution concerning the crisis in the state on Governor Siminalayi Fubara. Briggs, who attended the resolution meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, insists that Fubara signed the resolution under duress, citing threats issued by the President.
Contrary to the claims, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, dismissed any suggestion that Fubara signed the document under duress, affirming the authenticity of the governor’s signature.
Briggs, however, stood firm on Thursday, asserting that Fubara signed the resolution under duress. He alleged that President Tinubu handed over a pre-written script referred to as a resolution for Fubara to sign without his input.
During the meeting, Briggs claimed, “Mr. President walked in with a written resolution, addressed us and declared that what he had in his hand was a presidential proclamation; therefore, he could whip… and emphasised the fact that he is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and anybody who tends to say no to what he is saying has consequences.”
Briggs criticized what he perceived as the president’s undemocratic attitude and the subtle but energetic threat issued during the meeting. He revealed that some present, including former Attorney-General Adokiye Amiesimaka, were shocked by Tinubu’s approach and raised questions.
Meanwhile, a group called ‘CC 23’ consisting of concerned citizens in Rivers State commended President Tinubu for his intervention in the political crisis, describing it as a win-win for Fubara and Nyesom Wike. The group urged both parties to uphold and abide by the terms of the peace deal.
In another development, Governor Fubara highlighted his administration’s achievement in the construction of the Andoni section of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity road. Despite challenges, he vowed not to be distracted from his commitment to defending the interests of the Rivers people and ensuring progress and development in the state.