Beatrice Itubo, the 2023 Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, has urged a quick resolution to the political turmoil in Rivers State. During a Sunday interview with Channels TV, Itubo appealed to FCT Minister Nyesom Wike to mend ties with Governor Siminalayi Fubara, stressing the potential consequences for the state’s people if the discord persists.
“It is the people of Rivers State that will suffer if both men allow the disagreement between them to linger and fester,” Itubo asserted, urging reconciliation for the greater good.
Itubo clarified her decision to withdraw the petition against Fubara’s victory, citing a commitment to the state’s peace and confidence in Fubara’s abilities.
“I took this step because of the volatile and tensed nature in Rivers State. You can’t say you want peace and still be in court,” she explained, underlining the importance of unity during challenging times.
Emphasizing Fubara’s democratic values and pro-worker stance, Itubo stated, “Sir Fubara is a democrat and pro-workers, and that is why I am doing this.”
The political crisis in Rivers State has led to significant repercussions, with approximately 25 members of the State House of Assembly defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The state government’s decision to demolish the State House of Assembly, citing the need for renovation, underscores the severity of the situation.
As the political landscape in Rivers State remains in flux, Itubo’s call for reconciliation takes center stage, emphasizing the imperative for political leaders to prioritize the welfare of the people above all else. The coming days will reveal whether this appeal will resonate and pave the way for a much-needed resolution to the ongoing crisis.