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Truce declared as key political figures resolve Rivers State crisis

High-Stakes Talks at Aso Rock Villa Yield Eight-Point Resolution to Ease Tensions

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After an intense three-hour negotiation at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Monday night, key political figures, including President Bola Tinubu, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, former Governor Peter Odili, and Minister Nyesome Wike, have successfully brokered a truce to end the political crisis in Rivers State.

The meeting, attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima, National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu, and Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, resulted in an eight-point resolution aimed at de-escalating tensions and restoring political stability in the state.

As part of the resolutions, President Tinubu directed the immediate withdrawal of all lawsuits instituted in the courts by Governor Fubara and his team regarding the Rivers State political crisis. Additionally, the directive stipulated that Fubara re-present the 2024 appropriation bill to the full House of Assembly, dropping all impeachment proceedings initiated against him by the Rivers Assembly.

The resolution, signed by key stakeholders, including Fubara, Wike, Ribadu, factional Speaker Martin Amaewhule, PDP Chairman Aaron Chukwuemeka, and APC Chairman Tony Okocha, outlined several key points, including the recognition of the Rivers State House of Assembly leadership, the reinstatement of remunerations and benefits for assembly members, and the independence of the assembly’s legislative business without executive interference.

Moreover, the resolution emphasized the nullification of the dissolution of the local government administration and rejected the formation of a caretaker committee for local governments in Rivers State.

The political crisis in Rivers State had escalated to the demolition of the state House of Assembly complex, further exacerbated by the burning of the facility. Security personnel reportedly barricaded the entrance, underscoring the urgency of the truce and the need for a comprehensive resolution to prevent further unrest.

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