President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and People Democratic Party (PDP) Governors yesterday intervened in the political crisis rocking Rivers State.
Feuding Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor Nyesom Wike met and exchanged pleasantries at Aso Villa, 24 hours after their disagreement boiled over in Port Harcourt.
The NATION reports that both men, dressed in white, shook hands before the meeting of the police council, which they attended.
It was learnt that the President met with them after the meeting to ensure an end to their face-off.
While brokering peace, sources said the President urged Fubara and Wike to reconcile and work for peace and security in their state.
Governors of the PDP, their party, also waded into the imbroglio.
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, who is the chair of the PDP Governors’ Forum, told reporters that the governors were pleased with the President’s intervention and would cooperate with him to end the crisis in Rivers.
The PDP governors left the meeting venue at Aso Villa for another meeting at Oyo State House, at the end of which Governor Mohammed briefed reporters on the outcome.
According to the communiqué read by Mohammed, the PDP governors said: “The PDP governors were alarmed at the recent developments in Rivers State and welcome the intervention of Mr. President to bring the crises to an end.
“The meeting urged all parties to the Rivers crises to sheathe their sword and resort to peaceful means of resolution. The Forum further offers its platform for a quick and just containment of the issues involved.
“The meeting noted the recent judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2023 Presidential Election and believes that this brings an end to the Presidential election cycle as there must be an end to litigation.
“As a Forum, we believe and re-state our faith and confidence in the judiciary to do justice in political and other cases before the courts.
“We are concerned that while the Supreme Court has laid down precedents on pre-election issues, PDP candidates in Plateau State are being disqualified on the same grounds.
“We urge the judiciary at the apex level to ensure that our jurisprudence is not distorted. We remain vigilant in the struggle for democracy and good governance in the country.
“The meeting vowed to reposition and strengthen PDP as a viable opposition political party ready and willing to play its role as the vanguard of the Nigerian people for democracy, good governance and accountability.
“On the national economy, the meeting urgently requested the patriotic intervention of the Federal Government to stabilise the Naira, control inflation, stem the unemployment crises, and bring more succour to Nigerians.
“The PDP Governors congratulated the host, Governor Seyi Makinde for his hospitality in hosting of the meeting.”
Governor Fubara attended the meeting. Other governors in attendance are Ahamdu Fintiri (Adamawa), Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta), Ademola Adeleke (Osun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Agbu Kefas (Taraba), Dauda Lawal (Zamfara), and Enugu State Deputy Governor Ifeanyi Ossai.