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Police arrest Fubara’s loyalists at PDP NEC meeting in Abuja


TWO loyalists of the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, including a serving member of the state House of Assembly,  Sokari Goodboy, were allegedly arrested in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Thursday.

Also arrested by the police was a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, identified as Ezebunwo Ichemati.

The lawmaker, Goodboy, represents Aboada West Constituency in the State House of Assembly and was one of the three lawmakers loyal to the governor.

 Fubara and his predecessor and, Nyesom Wike, who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, have been embroiled in a political crisis since last year.

Fubara’s loyalists were reportedly arrested by policemen outside the venue of the National Executive Committee meeting of the PDP in Abuja.

In a viral video seen on X by our correspondent, a lady, who claims to be a member of Fubara’s media team, alleged that the two men were arrested on the orders of a local government chairman in Rivers State.

She stated, “All of us, the media team that came from Rivers State, were together. The next thing he (the LG Chairman) pointed that they should arrest the serving Assembly member representing the good people of Aboada West.

We don’t even know what we are doing here, because he has ordered that they should arrest all of us.”

Fubara had last week said local government chairmen in the state were not loyal to him, saying by so doing they were digging their pit.

Our correspondent gathered that the two loyalists of the governor were taken away by the security operatives.

When contacted, the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Jerry Omotsegunwa, confirmed the incident and called for their immediate release.

He stated, “They were there in solidarity, so why should they be arrested? Were they the only ones there in solidarity?

“A lot of governors also came with their people and coming to pick some people on the order of an individual is not good at all. So, they should be released immediately.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Force Public Relations Officer, Adejobi Olumuyiwa, answered but dropped the call immediately after our correspondent introduced himself.

Credit: Punch

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