Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has addressed the issue on the crisis rocking Rivers State in the midst of the plot to remove the state's oil-rich governor, Siminalayi Fubara.
At his office on Tuesday, Wike, the former governor of Rivers State, underscored the significance of retaining his base in order to sustain his political relevance.
He insisted that a politician loses political relevance the moment they lose their base. No amount of slander directed at him, Wike clarified, would cause him to lose sleep; the proper action must be taken.
“All of us want to be politically relevant; all of us want to maintain our political structure,” the minister said.
“Is it not your political structure? Will you allow anybody to just cut you out immediately? Everybody has a base. If you take my base, am I not politically irrelevant?”
According to reports, the Assembly's threat to impeach the governor caused a rift in Wike and Fubara's relationship.
Wike has been charged by some with being the mastermind behind the impeachment scheme. Sunday night, a fire destroyed a portion of the Rivers Assembly Complex, turning it into a chaotic stage.
Along with the drama, there were gunshots heard throughout the Assembly on Monday morning as the main officers were being removed.In his storming of the Complex on Monday to assess the extent of the damage, Fubara claimed that the police had shot at him; the police said they were looking into the claim.
Peoples Democratic Party members Wike and Fubara are both (PDP). Wike, however, pointed out that disputes between party men are common and will be resolved using the party's mechanisms.
“In politics, there are a lot of internal wranglings,” he said.
“But to come out and say ‘Oh they want to do this against me, it will not work.’ I had every power then to say where this thing is going. So, when things are wrong, you ask questions.