VIDEO: Rivers on edge as furious youths destroys Wike’s statue

Disputes over the tenure of local government chairmen are believed to have sparked the demonstration.

This incident starkly underlines the deep-rooted and intense conflict between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Wike, a feud that began just three months after Fubara succeeded Wike as governor of Rivers State.

Although tensions had cooled for a while, the disagreement over the local government chairmen’s tenure has reignited their feud.

However, they refused, citing that the pro-Wike faction in the Rivers House of Assembly had extended their terms by six months because the Fubara government failed to conduct Local Government elections.

In a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, Governor Fubara ordered all 23 LGA chairmen to hand over their positions to the Heads of Administration in their respective councils.

In response to this directive, a significant number of youths, in a show of unity and strength, gathered at LGA secretariats across the state.

In Obi Akpor, where Wike served two terms as chairman, some youths vandalised a statue erected in his honour.

One protester shouted, “No more Wike,” as the group collectively destroyed the object. One person picked up a hat that had fallen during the chaos and threw it to the ground.

This incident occurred amid widespread protests happening throughout Rivers.

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