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Rivers crisis: ”Tinubu’s resolution will undermine your constitutional powers” – Activist tells Fubara

President of the International Human Rights Commission, Alhaji Musa Saidu, has expressed worries that the recent peace deal brokered by President Bola Tinubu to address the political crisis in Rivers will curtail Governor Sim Fubara’s authority as the state’s executive leader.

Tinubu had brokered the peace deal yesterday between the governor’s camp and that of the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike.

Saidu emphasized the necessity for Governor Fubara to evaluate the meeting outcomes thoroughly.

He stressed the importance of ensuring that decisions do not undermine the governor’s constitutional powers, especially regarding the state’s political affairs.

His words:

“Our position as protectors of human rights is that making an elected governor redundant is not acceptable. They have taken authority from him. The fight is against all who voted for Sim.

“The resolution is wrong, not acceptable to the voters. I am sure that Mr President will not accept it as governor. Tinubu will not accept it.

“This resolution of Mr President is wrong. The commissioners that resigned have done so. The Supreme Court is clear on defection.

“The resolution is faulty, it’s a strategy to weaken him. He has to be in control of his state. The crisis in Rivers state may persist.

“Asking the commissioners that resigned to come back, I don’t think it’s proper. The directive is not in order. That directive has empowered those fighting him. Those who resigned should be taken that they have left.

“On the House of Assembly issue, it’s a constitutional matter. Let the constitution runs. Fubara should protect the mandate given to him.

“The resolution is dysfunctional. Mr President has not made peace in Rivers state. When Mr President was governor, he did not work with some recommendations of President Olusegun Obasanjo.”

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