In a recent development, political supporters of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, have voiced their criticism towards Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State.

The governor had placed blame on the minister for the explosion that occurred in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

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Under the banner of “Rivers Leaders Forum,” these politicians expressed their dismay at the repeated accusations against Minister Wike. Senator Olaka Wogu, the leader of the group, deemed it implausible to link the explosion to those who participated in a solidarity walk for Wike, as the site of the incident was not part of their planned route.

Senator Wogu called upon Governor Fubara to take responsibility for the protection of lives and properties in the state.

He also urged the governor to operate within the confines of the law, addressing the ongoing argument regarding the imposition of a state of emergency.

Furthermore, Senator Wogu criticized the establishment of caretaker committees for local government administration, arguing that this action contradicts the amended law passed by the Martin Amaewhule-led House of Assembly.

He viewed this move as an affront to President Bola Tinubu, who had explicitly prohibited caretaker committees in the state through a clause in his peace pact.

During a press briefing, Emeka Woke, the Director-General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, and former Chief of Staff to Wike, also questioned the decision of the state commissioner for health, Adaeze Oreh, allegedly taking over responsibilities from the police in handling the explosion incident.

Notable figures present at the briefing included Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly; Ken Chikere, former member of the House of Representatives; Josiah Olu, former member of the State House of Assembly; and Kenneth Kobani, former Secretary to the State Government.

It is evident that this incident has sparked a heated debate among political circles, with supporters of Minister Wike expressing their discontent towards Governor Fubara’s accusations and raising concerns about the governance of the state.