The Rivers Elders Forum (REF), on Wednesday, accused supporters of the Rivers State, Governor Siminalaye Fubara, of fueling the crisis rocking the state by employing propaganda against the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.
Rivers has been enmeshed in crisis following the plot to impeach Fubara by the members of the State House of Assembly loyal to Wike.
But addressing a press conference in Abuja, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, leader of the elders, advised those encouraging Fubara “to engage in a needless and fruitless battle with Former Governor Wike to desist forthwith and allow the Governor concentrate on consolidating on the extraordinary achievements of H.E. Wike while he was governor.”
They also cautioned against the use of propaganda against the FCT Minister, saying that instead of resolving the issues, it would only compound the problem and deny the people the benefits of democracy dividends.
Alabraba noted that haven spoken with Wike and Fubara and looked at the scenario critically we wish to once again express our gratitude to Wike for the audience and amiable disposition to continue to work selflessly for our State and accepting the mediation of the elders.
“We urge H.E. Sim Fubara to take urgent steps to correct the false narrative against H.E. N. Wike thus providing a window for mediatory talks and a way forward. Our pact with Rivers people is unbroken. They gave us mandate in the last election on the back of our achievements under H.E. Wike and trust that the candidate from our political family will continue these good works.”
“We caution the new friends of Governor Sim Fubara to retract their steps before they throw the state into deeper crisis,” he said.