Wike’s Collapsing Structures and End of His Ambitious Third Term Agenda in Rivers State

Wike’s Collapsing Structures and End of His Ambitious Third Term Agenda in Rivers State

Like a pack of cards, Wike’s acclaimed structures are fast collapsing in Rivers state, thereby signalling the end of an ambitious third term project scripted by a politically calculative godfather. For a man never to have lost a political battle, this is an ego bruising episode. And to those who know him and his thoughts

Like a pack of cards, Wike’s acclaimed structures are fast collapsing in Rivers state, thereby signalling the end of an ambitious third term project scripted by a politically calculative godfather. For a man never to have lost a political battle, this is an ego bruising episode. And to those who know him and his thoughts when angry, Wike wouldn’t mind throwing out the baby together with the bath water, to save his political future.

Wike would have forseen a betrayal of his political godson, the incumbent Governor Sim Fubara but he would never have thought it would be this soon. He would never have imagined that his successor could be such a vicious fighter, with uncanny capacity to bring down all the structures and destroy all the safety valves Wike had built into his successor’s government. He will henceforth learn to respect quiet but politically suave politicians.

Without doubt, there were booby traps and banana peels laid all the way for his successor in order to make of him a stooge and a toothless bulldog as governor. A figure-head and dejure leader while the real power rests with the defacto former governor Wike, who is now the landlord of the federal capital territory, Abuja. For Rivers people and the rest of Nigeria, the state has become a scepter of one day one trouble ever Sim Fubara started to set himself free from Wike’s apron strings.

When Sim Fubara was offered as Greek gift, the position of governor, he perhaps never envisaged that he would be this castrated. He had gone through a vasectomy but God has suddenly granted him miraculous recovery. He never would have expected that Wike would make all cabinet appointments except that of the Commissioner for Information. Some argue that Wike made 100 percent of the cabinet appointments.

His emergence was a product of rotten compromises and agreements between a godfather and his godson. Like a man seeking a sword to avenge his father’s death, Sim Fubara played along; stooping to conquer, in a process the people had little or no say. Even Sim Fubara was a spectator in Wike’s game of power. He was pulled by the nose throughout the campaigns where he followed the then Governor Wike like a sheep. At a stage, people started demanding that they wanted to hear his voice as the candidate.

In all of this, it could be perceived that Sim Fubara was not a happy man. His resentment of the charade and shenanigans of Governor Wike, could be seen on his face. He looked like a man bereft of any ideas at all the places they went to campaign. He yearned to change that optic but he dared not in the presence who could accuse him of trying to walk without crawling.His humiliation started from day one in office when he had to abridge his inauguration ceremonies by following Wike to a welcome reception for him by his people.

With what is going on in Rivers State, a lot of Nigerians believe the “Riverian people” should be happy and be celebrating their freedom from Wike and his third term agenda. Until the people are able to decide their governor and lawmakers through the ballot, they will be slaves to the godfathers and this is antithetical to democracy.

What is happening in Rivers state is also being replicated in some other states in Nigeria, namely Delta and Sokoto states. But it appears the godfathers in those states have added some finesse to their style though propelled by the same motivations. Wike’s style is visibly overbearing and not covert. Senator Wamakko in Sokoto state has forced all manner of people that don’t deserve any appointment on the governor but he is doing so in a brazen and open manner. The new godfather in Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, hasn’t fared much better.

The people of Rivers state are worried for the tension generated by the power tussle growing in their state by the political gladiators. They have received the resignations of commissioners and defections of lawmakers with mixed-feelings. First, it creates opportunities to fresh hands to be brought on board and tapped for service. Second, is that the happenings have exposed the dept of Wike’s plot to keep manipulating the levers of power and put Rivers people in subjugation. The resistance of Fubara is seen by many as a rebirth of Independence or liberation of the state from Wike.

While the battle for the control of Rivers state rages among the political gladiators, they should not forget that they were voted into office for service. To ameliorate their sufferings and make their state better livable. Demolishing public institutions like the bombing and later demolition of the State House of Assembly should be condemned. They are not only bad precedents but constitute wastages of public resources. The judiciary should be mindful of its integrity and refused to be dragged to join in the frays. Nyesom Wike should be reminded of a Yoruba proverb that says when a drum beats too loudly due to its tightness, it is about to burst.

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