Politics

May 26, 2024

Rivers crisis ‘ll end with Tinubu’s intervention- Onovo

Rivers crisis ‘ll end with Tinubu’s intervention- Onovo

Chief Martin Onovo, the Presidential Candidate of the defunct National Conscience Party (NCP) in 2015 General Elections, says only President Bola Tinubu can end the political crisis in Rivers.

Onovo, an activist and Head of Policy Positions, Movement for Fundamental Change (MFC), said this in an interview with Newsmen on Sunday in Lagos.

He said the political crisis in the oil-rich state had lingered for too long, adding the president’s intervention was needed to end it.

According to him, the crisis will end the moment the President calls the Minister of Federal Capital Territory and immediate past governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike and talk to him on the need to end his rift with the state governor.

“Only Tinubu can stop the political crisis in Rivers. The President just need to call  Nyesom Wike and talk to him.The crisis will stop if Tinubu  tells Wike to sheathe his sword.

“Wike is working with  the President as  minister. I think the President can talk to him and his loyalists in River to maintain peace.

“All the President just needs is to tell the former governor of the state to concentrate on his work in Abuja  and leave the affairs of Rivers to  those running the state right now.

“That is all ,and Wike will listen. The minister knows what  it means not to listen to the President. So,  Tinubu can intervene in this matter” he said.

Onovo described godfatherism as a problem in politics ,saying it was affecting delivery of good governance and democratic dividends

According to the  former NCP chieftain , the political space must be purged of godfatherism as it is a veritable source of  instablity.

NAN reports that Rivers has witnessed political tension lately owing to the rift  Wike and Gov. Fubara.

The rift has polarised the  State House of Assembly with lawmakers loyal to both political gladiators electing different Speakers to lead the House.

Lawmakers loyal to Wike recently  dumped  the  ruling  PDP  to  join APC, while a couple of commissioners loyal to the minister have quit  Fubara’s cabinet.