The Rivers State House of Assembly has formally withdrawn the previously issued impeachment notice against Governor Siminalayi Fubara. The legislative session, which convened in the state capital of Port Harcourt, was singularly dedicated to addressing this matter.
The decision to retract the impeachment notice was announced on the house floor, signifying a crucial development in the ongoing political dynamics of the state. The withdrawal comes in the wake of a mediation meeting between President Bola Tinubu and the conflicting parties held at the Aso Villa in Abuja earlier in the week.
Reports suggest that a truce was brokered during the meeting, leading to the lawmakers’ decision to withdraw the impeachment notice against Governor Fubara. The notice, which had heightened tensions within the state, was officially rescinded during the deliberations.
Citing respect for the President as a central reason for their move, the lawmakers conveyed their decision through an official notice. The longstanding conflict between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who currently serves as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, had deeply divided the House.
The political turmoil witnessed defections, with 27 lawmakers leaving the Peoples Democratic Party to join the ruling All Progressives Congress. Parallel sittings, an uncovered impeachment plot, the demolition of the Assembly complex, and a wave of resignations from the cabinet marked the series of events during the feud.
As the lawmakers take this step to withdraw the impeachment notice, the political landscape in Rivers State undergoes a significant shift, providing a temporary respite in the ongoing power struggle between the key political figures.