Two commissioners, George-Kelly Alabo, in charge of Works, and Inime Aguma, overseeing Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, have resigned from the cabinet of Rivers state Governor Siminalayi Fubara. Alabo stated in his resignation letter that his decision is grounded in his conscience, personal philosophy, and professional ethics. Aguma, on the other hand, attributed his resignation to personal reasons and other pressing commitments.
This development follows the earlier resignation of Zacchaeus Adangor as the Rivers state attorney-general and commissioner for justice.
The political landscape in Rivers is marked by tension between Fubara and former governor Wike, leading to a divided state assembly.
The assembly’s factions, one led by Edison Ehie with five members and the other by Martin Amaewhule with 26 members, are embroiled in a political crisis.
During the presentation of the 2024 budget to the Ehie-led faction, the state government demolished the assembly complex, citing structural concerns after an October fire incident.
The crisis escalated as Ehie declared the seats of 27 Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, vacant.