Rivers crisis: I regret begging obuah and others to step down for Fubara – wike

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has said he regrets pleading with the former Chairman of the PDP in Rivers State, Felix Obuah and other governorship aspirants of the party to step down for Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Thisday reports that the former governor, who made this disclosure at a thanksgiving service organized by Obuah in Omoku over the weekend, begged the people of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area to forgive him for not supporting their son in his ambition to succeed him as a governor.

He, however, hinted that his team has fulfilled its part of the peace accord initiated by President Bola Tinubu and endorsed by all the parties involved in the state political saga.

Wike said despite Obuah’s supports to him, he denied him the opportunity he desired to succeed him in office. He thanked the former state PDP chairman for his generous and forgiving heart.

‘’Leadership is all about firmness, it’s all about courage, it’s all about transparency. When a leader takes a decision that is wrong, nothing stops that leader from coming back to say, I am sorry for that decision I took. My relationship with Felix Obuah started 2004, when he became the Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government. That was my second tenure and that was his first tenure. He showed that he is a man whom God has blessed and therefore he always contributes to people in appreciation of God’s favour in his life.

It may be painful on how Obuah was treated by the then government, but he is one of those people that will not hesitate to obey my decision. That is why I say, today, I will use this opportunity to do something that is uncommon. In 2023, if you look at those which ordinarily I should support for governorship, Go Round (Obuah) should be one of them in forefront. That is if we do things based on your contribution, based on your support, Go Round is the first two persons that ought to get my support. So, I want to use this opportunity to apologise to all of you, to ONELGA for taking a decision that hurt you. I am sorry.”

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