There was mild drama Thursday at the Saint Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Hospital Road, Port Harcourt, as Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, jokingly appealed to the congregants to suspend the recognition of guests amid presence of his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.
The governor, who was recently at dagger-drawn with Wike, said suspension of the roll call was necessary to ensure another impeachable offence is not committed, prompting laughter in the church.
Speaking at the rededication service of the 2023/2024 Legal Year of the Rivers State Judiciary, which took place at the church, Fubara said Wike, who is now the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister remains his principal.
He described the recent political crisis in the state as a thing of the past, calling again for peace in the oil-rich state. Fubara noted that Rivers State can if the actors and their supporters are peaceful.
“My oga remains my oga. Whatever that has happened is in the past. I have not sent anybody to malign anybody,” the governor said.
He said that although it has been a trying time for the state, the current phase of political misunderstanding will pass and the promises his administration made to the people will be delivered.
The governor also warned those pledging support for him to stop using abusive words on perceived opponents, saying that he did not authorise them to malign anybody.
According to him, in trying to attain development, the devil will always attack, but that what is most important is to “identify the devil and push it out”.
It was the first time the two politicians who were the major characters in the recent political fight would be meeting each other in public in the state.
Wike who is the FCT Minister arrived at the church service almost at the end and had a handshake with his successor before sitting on the same row with him while the service lasted.
At the start of his speech, Governor Fubara jokingly appealed to the congregants to suspend the recognition of guests in order not to commit another impeachable offence