Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State emphatically denied any wrongdoing that would justify an impeachment by the Rivers State House of Assembly. Speaking before his supporters at the Assembly Complex on Monday, he challenged his accusers to specify the alleged offenses that merit impeachment.
The governor, while assuring the citizens of Rivers State of continued democratic benefits, stated that he would address the matter when the appropriate time arrives. “Rest assured,” he said, “that I will continue to ensure that you receive the fruits of democracy. I will address the press when the time is right.”
This development unfolded against the backdrop of heightened tension within the Rivers Assembly. Reports from Channels Television indicated a brewing crisis, with rumors of a looming impeachment process against Governor Fubara. On Monday, the House took the unexpected step of removing its leader, Edison Ehie, prompting House members to evacuate the premises amidst tear gas deployment.
Outside the Assembly Complex, Governor Fubara spoke to his supporters who were protesting the unfolding situation. He maintained that his actions did not warrant impeachment by the Assembly.
It’s worth noting that this development coincided with a fire incident at the Assembly Complex the previous night. Although the connection between the fire and the political discord remained unclear, longstanding rumors of friction between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who now serves as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, have added to the complexity of the situation.