President Bola Tinubu took steps to mediate the ongoing dispute between Governor Simi Fubara of Rivers State and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, which has sparked a political crisis in the state.
President Tinubu seized the opportunity at the Police Council meeting, where both Fubara and Wike were in attendance as members, to facilitate a resolution and potentially end the conflict between the two political allies.
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, who serves as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF), disclosed the President’s intervention while briefing State House correspondents on the meeting’s outcome, which was chaired by the President at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Despite their feud, Fubara and Wike exchanged pleasantries inside the Council Chambers venue before the meeting commenced.
Governor Muhammed of Bauchi also revealed that opposition governors have committed to collaborate with the President because he has demonstrated goodwill by refraining from interfering in gubernatorial cases brought before the courts by PDP members.
These peace efforts were made following the confirmation of Kayode Egbetokun as the substantive Inspector General of Police, IGP, by the council.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Geidam, explained that Egbetokun’s confirmation was based on his commendable performance since assuming the acting role. He also noted that Egbetokun had presented a blueprint for enhancing national security, indicating his suitability for the position.