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Rivers Political Crisis: Tinubu in closed door meeting with Fubara, Odili, others

The meeting may be related to the political crisis that has affected the state over the past few days...

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Rivers Political Crisis: Tinubu in closed door meeting with Fubara, Odili, others

President Bola Tinubu is having some discussions with stakeholders from Rivers State at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Governor Siminalayi Fubara headed the team from Rivers State.

The stakeholders consist of a former governor of the oil-rich state, Peter Odili, and some traditional rulers from the state.

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It was understood that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is also expected to be present for the meeting.

The meeting may be related to the political crisis that has affected the state over the past few days.

Vice President Kashim Shettima, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, are also participating in the meeting.

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Rivers State has been a scene of chaos in the last three months as the state House of Assembly acted as the “boxing ring”.

The rift between Wike and Fubara divided lawmakers in the House with 27 of them defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a party in which Wike currently serves as a minister in the central government.

The feud also led to the emergence of parallel sittings, an impeachment plot against the governor, the demolition of the Assembly complex, and a flurry of resignations of pro-Wike commissioners in Fubara’s cabinet.

The President and some elder statesmen had attempted to mediate in the crisis earlier in October but it escalated into a full-blown confrontation.

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