If you take my base, I’m Politically Irrelevant – Nyesom Wike

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has weighed in on the crisis rocking Rivers State amid the plot to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The relationship between Wike and Fubara is said to have gone bad following the threat by the Assembly to impeach the governor, with many accusing Wike of being the brain behind the impeachment plot.

Also, the Rivers Assembly Complex was gutted by fire on Sunday night ahead of a planned vote to oust the sitting governor.

There was also some drama on Monday morning with the removal of principal officers in the Assembly as gunshots rented the air.

Then, in a twist, Fubara stormed the Assembly Complex on Monday to see the level of the damage and alleged that he was shot at by the police.

Receiving South-South leaders at his office on Tuesday, October 31, Wike emphasised the importance of holding his base to maintain his political relevance.

He maintained that once he loses his base as a politician, he has lost his relevance politically.

“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?”

“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. It is a party affair. The party knows how they resolve their own mechanism, it is not an ethnic affair.

“Our party is coming to it, that is what I will say. Every politician has his own interest,” the former governor added.

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