The crisis that engulfed Rivers State started gradually as a cold war between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.
Before the cold war began, both politicians were very close to the extent that they attended key state events together. Their relationship spanned over eight years and had remained smooth until things fell apart leading to series of events with the move to impeach Fubara as the highest point. But the Governor did something to show that all was not well amid their cold war.
Fubara started withdrawing and avoided attending events with Wike. The Governor used to frequently attend functions alongside Wike, but their interactions had significantly diminished.
Governor Fubara was notably absent from several state functions that the former governor attended. One such event was the unveiling of a building gifted to the Anglican Church in Eleme by Wike’s close ally, Marcus Nle Ejeh, a month ago.
Additionally, Fubara chose not to attend a recent workshop organized in Port Harcourt by an association of junior lawyers, an event that was graced by the presence of the Wike and other prominent figures from the state. Instead, he delegated the state’s attorney-general to represent him.
Fubara’s action already sent the message that things were not well before the manifestation that there was trouble, which the lawmakers loyal to Wike took to another level by attempting to impeach him.