I don’t want to lose political relevance in Rivers — Wike

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has reacted to the crisis rocking Rivers State.

Recall that the relationship between Wike and Governor Siminalayi Fubara, his successor, went sour less than six months after handover.

The crisis reached its height a few days ago when the chamber of the State House of Assembly was set ablaze and the subsequent move to impeach the governor.

Fubara stormed the complex on Monday alongside his supporters, vowing to fight the impeachment threat.

President Bola Tinubu had waded into the crisis by summoning the duo, who are of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to Aso Rock.

Speaking while receiving South-South leaders at his office in Abuja after the Aso Rock meeting, Wike emphasized the importance of holding his base to maintain his political relevance.

The minister maintained that once he loses his base as a politician, he loses relevance.

Wike explained that no amount of calumny leveled against him would make him lose sleep, adding that the right thing must be done.

“All of us want to be politically relevant; all of us want to maintain our political structure.

“Is it not your political structure? Will you allow anybody to just cut you out immediately? Everybody has a base. If you take my base, am I not politically irrelevant?.

“In politics, there are a lot of internal wranglings.

“But to come out and say, ‘Oh they want to do this against me, it will not work.’ I had every power then to say where this thing is going.

“So, when things are wrong, you ask questions. It is a party affair.

“The party knows how they resolve their own mechanism, it is not an ethnic affair.

“Our party is coming to it, that is what I will say. Every politician has his own interests,” the minister said.

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