In a widening schism between former Governor Nyesom Wike and his successor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, the political landscape in Rivers State is witnessing increased tensions as more commissioners abandon Fubara’s cabinet.
The latest resignations come from the Commissioner for Works, Dr. George-Kelly Alabo, and the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mrs. Inime Chinwenwo-Aguma.
Dr. Alabo, in his resignation statement, pointed to his “conscience” as the driving force behind his decision.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Chinwenwo-Aguma cited “personal” and “other pressing commitments.”
PUNCH Online has confirmed that a total of four commissioners have now stepped down from Governor Fubara’s cabinet.
This development follows the recent resignations of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, SAN, and the Commissioner for Special Duties, Emeka Woke.
Notably, 27 lawmakers loyal to former Governor Nyesom Wike defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
This move prompted lawmakers aligned with the current governor to declare the seats of the defectors vacant, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission to organize fresh elections to fill the void.
Adding to the political turmoil, the state government took the controversial step of demolishing the House of Assembly complex, justifying the action by claiming it was no longer safe for legislative business.