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Fubara/Wike crisis: Group flays Rivers elders’ stand. By Godfrey Egbe

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A renowned and foremost Socio – Economic, Political And Advocacy Group, the Ekpeleni Ekpeye, Ekpeye, has condemned in strong terms the stand taken by some selected Rivers Elders in the seeming misunderstanding between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Minister of the FCT, Chief Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

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In a statement jointly signed by the group’s President, Elder Jonathan Robinson Ewoh and its Secretary-General, Comrade Ogboka Chris Umeda, described the elders’ stand as very wrong.

The statement reads: “Ordinarily, Ekpeleni Ekpeye would have allowed the gladiators to settle.

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“Ekpeleni Ekpeye is however, disturbed that a group that claims to be Rivers Elders could be speaking in such a manner that does not befit them as Elders.

“Rather than look at the matter with Elders’ eyes, they decided to destroy the foundation for peace that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu earlier laid .

“More worrisome is the language of the so called Rivers Elders wherein they tried to malign the character and reputation of the new Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, our illustrious son, Rt Hon Edison Ehie.

“For the records, Rt Hon Edison Ehie is a man of peace with so much respect for people even as he carries God’s grace as the most performing law maker.

“The Elders struggled so hard to make Rt Hon Edison Ehie, a man loved by many, a scapegoat in the matter.

” Already, the composition of the Rivers Elders is been queried by the generality of Rivers people as the absence of Chief Rufus Ada George, Dr Peter Odili, Rt Hon Austin Opara, HE Celestine Omehia and Ekpeye Elders Statesmen like Distinguished senator Osi Ideozu, Rt Hon Chibudhom Nwuche and Rt Rev’d Clement Ekpeye just to mention but a few were not there.

The statement stated further, that “Let it be known clearly that the support the people of Ekpeye Ethnic Nationality have for the former governor and Minister of FCT, Chief Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike should not be misconstrued for the parable of the welcoming plantain leave and the wind as any attempt to rubbish our illustrious son, Rt Hon Edison Ehie shall be viewed as a slap on the entire Ekpeye Nation

“Therefore, Ekpeleni Ekpeye views the statement of the so called Rivers Elders as not speaking for Rivers people but for their own selfish interest.

“The Elders refused to condemn the selfish and irresponsible actions of some members at the state House of Assembly for initiating moves to impeach the State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara who is just barely few months in office.

” The so – called elders obviously betrayed themselves clearly by pitching their tenth on one side rather than remain neutral.

It however, added, that the people of Ekpeye Ethnic Nationality are advising the Rivers Elders and other actors heating up the polity to give the Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara a space for him to succeed in office..

“Our avowed support for His Excellency, Governor Siminalayi Fubara and the Speaker, Rt Hon Edison Ehie remain solid and unshakeable”, the statement concluded.

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