Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state has halted the N195 billion Port Harcourt Ring Road project, which was initially started by former Governor Nyesom Wike. This decision reflects the escalating power struggle between Fubara and Wike as they vie for political control in the state.
The abrupt suspension of this expensive infrastructure project highlights the growing tension between Fubara and his predecessor. Governor Fubara’s actions are seen as a sign that a direct confrontation with Wike may be imminent. Furthermore, Fubara has taken strong measures by removing some of Wike’s loyal supporters from his administration in response to efforts by state House of Assembly members aligned with Wike to impeach him.
The political rivalry between Fubara and Wike has been aggravated by claims that, despite holding the position of Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Wike continues to exert significant influence and control over affairs in Rivers state.
The suspension of this multi-billion naira project and the political maneuvers indicate an impending clash between these two influential political figures, which could potentially reshape the power dynamics and governance in Rivers state.