Why I’m pained by Fubara’s betrayal – Wike

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Sim Fubara and Nyesom Wike

The Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Governor of Rivers State, Sim Fubara of destroying the political structure that brought him to power within three months.

In a media chat in Abuja, the former Rivers governor said money and power reveal the true identity of a person.

Wike, who did not mention names, vowed to resist any attempt to crumble the political structure in the state.

He accused his successor of disobeying President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima, who had intervened in the political impasse in the state.

Wike said he was particularly pained by the propaganda against him.

“We never knew that it will take you three months to scatter the political structure that picked you up. What is painful is seeing these propaganda and lies that I was angry. Did he (Fubara) buy form? Be grateful in your life in all circumstances.

“I will not allow anybody to crumble our political structure. I told him if you do this ring-road your second tenure would be assured, I took him to Germany to meet Julius Berger and they promised to do the road in three years which is the year leading to election. I told him if you do this road nobody will challenge you in Rivers State.

“Anything that will make me disrespect Mr President count me out, he disobeyed the President, disobeyed the Vice President. When the law speaks, thuggery, militancy, and ethnicity will run away,” Wike said.

The former Rivers governor described his successor as an “ingrate”.

“Let me tell you, I don’t like ingrates; I can’t stand it. What is happening now is what Odili said in his book: ‘Give a man power and money, then you will know the person.’

“If you haven’t given a man, power and money, then you don’t know the person. However, I’m not worried because I’m a politician. I know what other states are suffering because of debt, but go and check if I left liabilities; the records are there.

“I left projects for him to commission so he would showcase during his hundred days, then politics came in. We are just starting; God gave you something; you are now importing crisis.

“God gave this on the platter of gold; the Federal Government is not fighting you, no crisis, but you are the one now trying to create a crisis for yourself; only those who are natural ingrates will support what is happening there. I use the instrumentality of law to fight not thugs, time will come,” Wike said.

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