Wahala: Governor Sim Fubara About To Resign As Pressure Continues

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Governor Sim Fubara considered resigning due to interference preventing his independence and financial constraints in managing the state, but PDP leaders persuaded him against it, citing issues with internal revenue and allocation control by the previous governor, Nyesom Wike.

On this therefore, the National Co-ordinator, South-South Leadership Forum, Sara-Igbe, on Saturday said Governor Sim Fubara offered to resign his position before the crisis in the state escalated to the level it currently is.


While stating that it took the intervention of some PDP leaders to prevail on him to shelve the idea, Sara-Igbe, the resignation is apt to calm political turmoil in Rivers state Nigeria.

Sara-Igbe, a former spokesperson for the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), said the governor opted to resign because apart from the way forces above him prevented him from asserting his independence, he didn’t have enough control over the state’s funds and had difficulty running his government.

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He stated, “What is the problem? Wike has come to tell the world that he was fighting Sim because Sim wanted to take his structure. What is the structure six months after elections; we are not close to elections, so what has structure got to do?

“Let me tell you about the structure; before Wike left government, the state was making over N10bn internally generated revenue (monthly).

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When he left, the IGR came down to N6bn. And the governor, a former Accountant General of the state, asked questions and in the process he engaged somebody to look at the books, and the commissioner of finance reported to Wike and the former governor got angry. That is the structure.

“Secondly, the money coming from the federation account, Wike tied the money to one project or the other. So, when the money comes, it goes to the banks and they collect theirs from it and pay the contractors.

“Of course, we didn’t even know the cost of the contracts, so when this governor felt, ‘how will I run a government when I don’t have the resources’, the minister became hostile to the governor and the governor said ‘okay, let me resign if that is the case’. The PDP elders prevailed on him not to resign, thinking it would be messy.

“As soon as that ended, I came on air and advised Nyesom Wike to leave this man alone to govern, allow him, even if he’s your son’. I even went as far as giving him references like the Sarakis. Dr Olusola Saraki brought the son, Bukola, to that seat but when their ideologies did not agree, the son told him to go and rest.”

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“You cannot make somebody a governor; a very important seat in Nigeria – that was the seat Odili sat and he almost became the president; that was the seat (former governor Rotimi) Amaechi sat and he connived with others to remove a sitting president; that is the seat Wike himself sat and became a superman – and you are asking somebody who is on that seat to be subservient. But the governor is still loyal.

If he finally resigns, the seat of power in Rivers State will be trauncated, a Government House source hinted.

-Princely Onyenwe reporting

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