I’m Still Rivers Governor Because Of Tinubu’s Support — Sim Fubara

Allub Times recalls that President Tinubu stepped in to address the growing political tension between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, now FCT Minister Nyesom Wike.

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The Governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara, has revealed how President Bola Ahmed Tinubu supported his political aspirations and played a role in his recent triumph at the Supreme Court.

Last week, the Supreme Court confirmed Fubara’s victory in the March 18 governorship election in Rivers State, dismissing all petitions against the candidate from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Fubara expressed his gratitude to God for the court’s decision during a special Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Opobo Town, Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area.

He openly acknowledged that his success can be attributed to the unwavering support of President Tinubu.

Fubara said: “When I look at your faces, even when I feel heavy in my spirit, I’m encouraged to be happy.

“It has not been easy, I can say it. A lot of people who started this journey with us ought to have been here with us, but unfortunately, they are not here. God knows why. We can’t question the Almighty.

“But one thing we can’t take away is that God does not make any mistake. Whatever happens, when it happens, it is for a purpose.

“I’m happy to return this glory to God Almighty, to say thank you, God, and give me extra energy to continue with the battle. But no battle can be bigger than God.

“I want to thank God first, our dear President; he’s been a great and wonderful father. He has supported, and I can say it without being economical the truth that we are standing here because of his support.”

Furthermore, Fubara thanked his family, saying: “They are suffering, that’s the truth because of this cause. You just have to be strong and understand that after a while, you’ll get me back. But for now, these people are the ones that own me.

“I want to thank our leaders that are here and the ones that are not here for all your support before this journey started, while the journey was on and also now that we have gotten victory to validate your mandate.

“I want to thank specially, the good people of Rivers State who remained firm in the face of provocation to say we stand by the truth.

“You might not have any title. You might not have any name but you have a very wonderful name (fill a space) in my heart and God knows what you’ve done and will bless you for it.

“We came in, we were selected because they believed we have something that we will do for our State. We have not been given the opportunity to do those things that we ought to do for our State.

“We have had a lot of distractions but I strongly believe that while we navigate the path of peace, prayer is also needed for us to pass over this phase. Continue to put us in your prayers. There is nothing that God cannot do.”

Allub Times recalls that President Tinubu stepped in to address the growing political tension between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, now FCT Minister Nyesom Wike. The political crisis between the two had escalated into a major feud that is making headlines and causing concerns about stability in the oil-rich state.

The feud between Wike and Fubara began due to differences in political ideology and governance approaches. Personal allegations and counter-accusations of corruption, betrayal, and manipulation further intensified the conflict, creating a toxic atmosphere.

After closely monitoring the situation, President Tinubu intervened in December 2023 and successfully mediated a truce between Fubara and Wike. Both parties agreed to withdraw their court cases and work towards reconciliation.

However, despite the agreement, the underlying animosity between them still exists, and there is a high potential for renewed conflict.

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.