Supporters of Governor Sim Fubara from Rivers State have outlined the challenges their leader is facing at the hands of his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who currently serves as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
According to Fubara’s loyalists, Wike continues to exert significant influence over the state, evidenced by several allegations. These issues came to the fore given the move to impeach the Rivers Governor due to disagreement that has manifested between him and his predecessor. Below are the alleged tough conditions:
- Appointment Interference: Fubara’s loyalists claim that Wike has a considerable say in state appointments, often influencing and approving key positions. Appointed officials allegedly have the task of monitoring Governor Fubara’s activities, indicating a level of control over the administration’s staffing decisions.
- Financial Oversight: Allegations suggest that Wike closely monitors Fubara’s financial transactions, implying interference or oversight in the state’s financial management. This raises concerns about the autonomy of fiscal matters under Fubara’s administration.
- Commissioners’ Directives: It has been alleged that Wike continues to issue directives to commissioners in Rivers State, contradicting the decisions and orders made by Governor Fubara. This situation indicates a potential power struggle and conflicting instructions within the state government.
- Travel Restrictions: Fubara’s ability to travel outside the state, whether for official duties or personal engagements, is reportedly limited due to the unavailability of the state-owned private jet. This restriction stems from allegations that the jet is in Wike’s possession, further hampering Fubara’s mobility.