Wike’s statue destroyed in Rivers as Fubara takes over 23 LG councils from minister’s loyalists

Nyesom Wike
Nyesom Wike

Youths in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State have pulled down a statue of the minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.

The statue was taken down during a protest on Tuesday over the tenure of local government chairmen.

Wike, a former governor of Rivers State, is at loggerheads with his successor Siminalayi Fubara.

Fubara had earlier directed the local government chairmen who have the backing of Wike to vacate office following the expiration of their tenure. But they refused because the pro-Wike faction of Rivers House of Assembly has extended their tenure by six months over the failure of the Fubara government to conduct local government election.

However, in a broadcast on Tuesday, Fubara directed all 23 LGA chairmen to hand over to heads of administration in their respective councils.

Young people moved to different local government headquarters in protest after the governor’s directive.

While destroying a statue erected to honour Wike in Obio-Akpor, some of the protesters said “No more Wike”.

Wike was chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area for two terms before he became commissioner, then governor and now minister.