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Four more pro-Wike commissioners resign from Fubara’s cabinet

Four more pro-Wike commissioners resign from Fubara’s cabinet
May 15
17:30 2024

Four more commissioners have resigned from the cabinet of Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers.

Within 24 hours, five commissioners who are loyal to Nyesom Wike, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), have resigned their positions.

Earlier, Chinedu Mmom, commissioner for education, resigned, citing “toxicity” in his workspace as a cabinet member.

Those who have joined the resignation list are Gift Worlu, commissioner for housing; Inime Chinwenwo Aguma, commissioner for social welfare and rehabilitation; Jacobson Nbina, commissioner for transport; and Austen Ben-Chioma, commissioner of environment.

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‘TOXIC WORKING CONDITION, POLITICAL CRISIS’

In their separate resignation letters addressed to Fubara, the commissioners stated their reasons for quitting the cabinet.

Aguma attributed her resignation to “inconducive working conditions,”  while Worlu said he resigned due to a “toxic atmosphere”.

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Nbina and Ben-Chioma attributed their resignation to an “unresolved political crisis” in the state.

CONFUSION IN FUBARA’S CABINET

In April, Zacchaeus Adangor and Isaac Kamalu also resigned as commissioners following their redeployment.

Fubara had redeployed Adangor, attorney-general and commissioner for justice, to the ministry of special duties.

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Kamalu, commissioner for finance, was redeployed to the ministry of employment generation and economic empowerment.

The aforementioned commissioners were among the cabinet members who resigned their positions in December 2023 following a political feud between Wike and Fubara.

They were reappointed after a peace deal between Wike and Fubara, which was facilitated by President Bola Tinubu.

Despite the peace deal, the political crisis in the state persists.

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Since 2023, Fubara and Wike have been at loggerheads over control of the political structure of the state.

The rift has led to the polarisation of the Rivers state house of assembly.

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