Wike, Fubara feud: Itubo calls for peace
…says crisis affecting businesses, livelihood
Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 election in Rivers State, Beatrice Itubo, has called on the former governor of the state, Nysom Wike and the incumbent governor, Siminalayi Fubara to sheath their sword amidst the ongoing political crisis.
She regretted that the political crisis rocking the State is affecting businesses and the livelihood of the people of the state.
Itubo, a former Chairperson of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Port Harcourt, called on the political gladiators to seek avenues for resolving the lingering political crisis.
While explaining the reason for her visit to the governor a few days ago, said she had visited the governor of the state to see how she can help broker peace in the interest of the state, adding that the people should be the utmost concern at every time.
She lamented the negative impression the crisis has created in the minds of people, saying that people are afraid of coming into the state, just as she called on Wike, Fubara and all the lawmakers to sheath their sword in the interest of peace and development of the state.
He said: “Holiday seekers are no longer coming into our state, the hotels are empty, other businesses are beginning to feel the impact of the trouble that is going on and if we do not as neutral persons reach out to these gladiators and their fans now, a time will come when we will no longer be safe going out of our houses because of fear of the caught in the crossfire in the hostilities.
“May I as a mother and stakeholder in the governance of this state appeal to the immediate past governor of the state, Nysom Wike, as a matter of urgency and as a father to immediately leave whatever grievances he may have against the governor.
“And the governor too, should on his part caution his fans to stop all comments on and off social media that may tend to further exacerbate the already tense situation in the state.”
Itubo urged Fubara to engage more mediators to interface with all the actors, noting that there must be sacrifice for there to be peace.
“The governor should engage more mediators and peacemakers to help quell the situation and we must all understand that we do not have another state aside from Rivers State and the interest of Rivers State should supersede every other interest all of us has. We must make sacrifices for our continued peace and development,” he said