Rivers: Clark faults Tinubu’s ‘imposed settlement’, threatens lawsuit

Leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Edwin Clark, has faulted the meeting by President Bola Tinubu on the feud between Nyesom Wike and Siminalayi Fubara.

Recall that over the past few weeks, Fubara, governor of Rivers, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, have been at loggerheads over the political control of the State. On Monday, the duo agreed to end the feud at a meeting with Tinubu at the presidential villa in Abuja.

In the 8-point resolution, signed by Fubara, Wike, and other Rivers stakeholders, it was agreed that all impeachment proceedings against the governor should be dropped “immediately”. They also agreed that Martin Amaewhule should be recognised as speaker while the 27 lawmakers who defected should be taken back as members of the assembly.

However, speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Clark said the resolutions are “baffling, appalling and unacceptable” to the people. The elder statesman said the 8-point resolution is ‘undemocratic and dictatorial’, adding that it is aimed at handing over the political leadership of Rivers to Wike.

According to Clark, the resolutions show that Tinubu is trying to show gratitude to Wike for winning the presidential election in Rivers for the All-Progressives Congress, (APC). The elder statesman said the resolution that the Rivers 2024 budget should be presented again to the house of assembly is “another unthinkable directive”.

“The eight resolutions reached, are the most unconstitutional, absurd and obnoxious resolutions at settling feuding parties that I have ever witnessed in my life”, he stated.

He further said: “It is obvious that Gov. Siminalayi Fubara was ambushed and intimidated into submission. President Tinubu should know that with all the powers he possesses, he cannot override the Constitution. From all that transpired at the meeting, the laws of the land have not been obeyed. We will resist such draconic, arbitrary and unconstitutional action by Mr. President and his customer, Nyesom Wike”.

“We will go to court to challenge this so-called one-sided and oppressive action of Mr. President”, he further stated.

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