We have no hand in it – FG denies involvement in Rivers crisis

The federal government on Wednesday said it had no hand in the ongoing political crisis in Rivers state. 

Recall that 27 lawmakers in the Rivers house of assembly dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Subsequently, Edison Ehie, speaker of the assembly, in an undisclosed location, with only lawmakers loyal to Siminalayi Fubara, the governor of Rivers, in attendance, declared the seats of the defectors vacant.

Speaking after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting held at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday, Mohammed Idris, the minister of information and national orientation, says the federal government is not involved in the ongoing political crisis in Rivers state.

The minister said the federal government is not biased in its assessment of the political situation in the state.

He said the involvement Nyesom Wike, the immediate past governor of the state and the current minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), in involved in the crisis did not translate to federal government interference.

He said the government remains neutral in the matter, adding that the federal government was only interested in the well being of the State.

“Well, he is a federal cabinet member; he is involved in the situation in the state. That cannot be a federal government position. How can it be the federal government’s position?” he asked.

“The federal government is always interested in the well-being of all the states, and in that direction, the federal government will always align with everyone in Nigeria to make sure that there is peace and tranquillity in all parts of this country.

“But you know that what has happened in Rivers is not a creation of the federal government. It is a political problem that is brewing in the state.

“Of course, the government will ensure that there is peace and stability for all Nigerians, including River state, but you can’t say that this is a creation of the federal government. The federal government never had any hand in creating that problem.”

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