Five Wike Loyalists Resign from Fubara’s Cabinet Amid Rivers Crisis

The political crisis in Rivers State has escalated as five commissioners, all loyalists of former Governor Nyesom Wike, have resigned from their positions in Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s cabinet. This development marks the second wave of resignations within a short period.

The resigning officials include:

  1. Gift Worlu (Commissioner for Housing)
  2. Chinedu Mmon (Commissioner for Education)
  3. Ben-Golden Chioma (Commissioner for Environment)
  4. Jacobson Nbina (Commissioner for Transport)
  5. Inime Aguma (Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation)

In one of the resignation letters seen by Premium Times, Gift Worlu, the Commissioner for Housing, attributed her decision to an attempt by Governor Fubara to “fuse the executive and legislative arms of government” in the state. She expressed her concerns about the toxic working atmosphere that characterized their relationship.

This move by the Wike loyalists comes less than a month after two other colleagues – the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Zacchaeus Adangor, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Isaac Kamalu, rejected their redeployment by Governor Fubara and subsequently resigned.

The total number of Wike loyalists who have resigned from Mr. Fubara’s cabinet now stands at eight. Another Wike ally, Dakorinama Kelly-George, who previously served as Commissioner for Works, had earlier resigned to take up a federal appointment.

The political feud between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike (now the FCT minister), has intensified, splitting the loyalty of cabinet members and lawmakers in the state. President Bola Tinubu had previously brokered a peace deal between the two leaders, but the hostilities have resurfaced, defying the earlier agreement.

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As the crisis deepens, Rivers State faces a challenging period of political instability, and the impact on governance remains uncertain.

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