How Jonathan, wife, others forced Wike on Rivers —Edwin Clark

How Jonathan, wife, others forced Wike on Rivers —Edwin Clark

In an Open letter dated June 9, 2024, to Senator George
Sekibo, the senator who represented Rivers East and made available to
journalists yesterday in Abuja, Clark, warned him on the need for caution in
overstating the role of Wike in Rivers politics with regard to the Ijaws, said
at that time, the people of Ijaw emphasised that it would be very unfair for
them, being the majority, to be shut out for a period of 16 years and another
Ikwere man taking power to make it 24 years.


According to him, former President Jonathan pleaded with
them that they needed to give Wike a chance during an election year in which he
was seeking to return to office at the centre.


The leader of Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF,
wrote Sekibo in response to his press briefing recently in Yenagoa, Bayelsa,
where Sekibo and others visited the Ijaw National Congress, INC, leader, Prof.
Benjamin Okaba.


The open letter was also copied by President Bola Tinubu;
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator George Akume and
Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State.


Recall that Sekibo who spoke on behalf of the leaders had
said the Rivers Ijaw People’s Congress, RIPCO, was in support of the Minister
of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Nyesom Wike, who has demonstrated
his love for the Ijaw nation contrary to claims in some quarters arising from
the political crisis rocking Rivers State.


Clark noted that it was a shock to the entire Ijaw people in
Rivers State and in all the other states, but they had to soft pedal and
support Wike to contest in respect for Jonathan and his wife as well as for the
sake of peace, said as at that time, Wike’s highest position before coming to
Abuja was as local government chairman and later Chief of Staff to Amaechi, who
was his kinsman.


According to the Leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, in
subsequent times, Amaechi appealed to Jonathan to make Wike a minister, which
led to his emergence as Minister of State, Education and later acted as the
minister when Prof. Ruqayyah Rufa’i was removed as the minister.

Clark, who asked Sekibo and his group to exercise caution in
the way and manner they go about with the affairs of the FCT Minister, accused
Wike of being a man of contradiction and inconsistencies from the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, primaries where he vowed to support whosoever emerged as
candidate, to his vow not to be minister, to his scathing excoriation of the
All Progressives Congress, APC, which he likened to a cancerous party, saying
everything Wike supposedly stood for have been repudiated by his fickle



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