Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Nyesom Wike has again attacked Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State, saying he disobeyed President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima.
Wike and Fubara have been at loggerheads over the control of the political structure in the state.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports that Fubara, a political political godson of Wike, the immediate-past governor of Rivers State, was elected on March 18, as a governor under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The crisis between the two politicians heightened last month, culminating in an attempted impeachment of Fubara.
Despite President Bola Tinubu’s reported intervention to restore peace in the state, there are speculations that the political crisis is far from being resolved.
Early this month, Wike said he would do all it takes to maintain his “political structure” in the state.
Speaking on Friday during a media chat with selected newsmen in Abuja, Wike accused Fubara of destroying the political structure that made him governor.
According to Wike, Fubara disobeyed the directive from Tinubu and Shettima to resolve the political crisis in Rivers State.
Wike, who lamented that Fubara could seek to destroy the structure which produced him as governor just within three months of his emergence as governor, said, “We never knew that it will take you three months to scatter the political structure that picked you up. What is painful is seeing these propaganda and lies that I was angry. Did he (Fubara) buy form? Be grateful in your life in all circumstances.
“I will not allow anybody to crumble our political structure. I told him if you do this ring-road your second tenure would be assured, I took him to Germany to meet Julius Berger and they promised to do the road in three years which is the year leading to election. I told him if you do this road nobody will challenge you in Rivers State.
“Anything that will make me disrespect Mr President count me out, he disobeyed the President, disobeyed the Vice President. When the law speaks, thuggery, militancy, and ethnicity will run away.”
“Let me tell you — I don’t like ingrates. I can’t stand it. What is happening now (in Rivers) is what Odili said in his book: ‘Give a man power and money, then you will know the person.’ If you haven’t given a man power and money then you don’t know the person,” Wike said.
“However, I’m not worried because I am a politician. I know what other states are suffering because of debt. But go (to Rivers) and check if I had liabilities, the records are there.
“I left projects for him to commission so he would showcase during his hundred days, then politics came in. We are just starting. God gave you something, you are now importing crisis.
“God gave this (power) on a platter of gold, no crisis. The federal government is not fighting you, nobody at home is fighting you. You are the one trying to create a crisis for yourself.
“What kind of system is that? Who does that? Only ingrates that (it) is in their blood that will support what is happening there (in Rivers). Only those who are natural ingrate.”
Wike also accused Fubara of masterminding the arson on the Rivers the State’s House of Assembly Complex.
‘’Assuming I am the one who plotted it, did you call me to say ‘Sir, they want to impeach me. When they were about impeaching you, did you call me to say ‘Sir, they want to impeach me’?
“Is that why you sent people to go and burn down the hallowed chamber? Is the impeachment for only one day?
“Is the impeachment process a one-day affair? Then you raised ethnic politics. We’ve never had it like this before…”, he lamented.
Wike, who said he is a man of good character assured he will not contest for president in 2027 against President Tinubu.
He reiterated his commitment to the success of the Tinubu administration, even as he explained that the quest for justice was the key reason he and the G5 group of governors supported the presidential ambitions of Tinubu.
The minister noted that, having worked for the emergence of Tinubu as president and having been made minister of FCT, nothing would make him contest against the president in 2027.
“Tinubu made me minister; people don’t understand; I have character. What will happen in 2027? I stood, and I said I’m not going to support injustice. I was threatened that they would do this and that. They tried many options, including using major generals”, he said.
On his achievements as governor of Rivers State, Wike said, “I was paying pensioner’s gratuities every month, which were not paid by my predecessor. I took River State to the level where you cannot discuss politics in Nigeria without River State.
“I was an ordinary minister when I became governor. I challenged the sitting governor, and I defeated his candidate. I worked hard.”
On the new requirements for the acquisition of land in the Federal Capital Territory, particularly the introduction of the National Identity Number (NIN) and Biometric Verification Number (BVN) to the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), the minister said the new features were for security and revenue generation.
Wike also disclosed that existing landowners in the capital must get recertification to incorporate these new features.
“There are a lot of discrepancies, a lot of cloning of C-of-Os, so we have come up with the idea that every allottee who seeks and applies for a C-of-O must supply his NIN; this is one of the features we are going to put in the new C-of-O.
“If a corporate body doesn’t have an NIN and they have property, they must put their BVN. So many people have not registered, and this will make them go and re-register”, he said.
Addressing the issue of existing landlords with C-of-Os, Wike stated that they would only be required to pay a nominal fee for recertification.
“For everyone who has a C-of-O, they will come for a recertification, so that we can incorporate the NIN or BVN.
“Those who had a C-of-O before don’t need to pay money again; the highest they can pay is N50,000, and corporate bodies will pay N100,000. It helps in terms of security; it also helps to improve our revenue generation.
“There are people who own seven properties, so this will identify them so they can pay taxes”, he said.
Wike further stated that other benefits of this initiative include accurately identifying property owners for tax purposes.