Rivers Political Crisis: Two more commissioners resign from Fubara’s cabinet

Amidst the unfolding political turmoil in Rivers State, there has been a significant development as two commissioners have recently tendered their resignations from the cabinet of Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara.

This unexpected turn of events adds further complexity to the political landscape in the state.

Rivers Political Crisis: Two more commissioners resign from Fubara's cabinet
Governor Sim Fubara

The two commissioners who are known for their loyalty to Chief Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory,  submitted their resignation letters on Wednesday, May 15.

The commissioners in question are Prof. Chinedu Mmom, who held the position of Commissioner for Education, and Ben-Golden Chioma, who served as the Commissioner for Environment. This unexpected move by these key figures adds another layer of complexity to the political landscape in Rivers State.

Mmom had earlier today submitted his resignation to the governor through the office of the Secretary the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, citing toxicity in the administration of Fubara.

The letter read: “I write to formally tender my resignation as a member of the Rivers State Executive Council as the Honourable Commissioner for Education with effect from today the 15th day of May,2024.

“It is a truism that a calm, safe and friendly environment would stimulate efficient service delivery and enhanced productivity. It is however unfortunate to note that my current work space has become toxic and no longer guarantees a favourable environment to enable me realize my set targets for the Education sector in the State.

“There is loss of trust, animosity and sharp division among colleagues in the same cabinet which is unhealthy and very unfortunate.I want to thank Your Excellency for the opportunity to serve in your cabinet and wish your administration well.”

Moments later, Chioma forwarded his matter, dated same 15th May, noted that his reason for resigning is because of the political crisis in the state.

He said: “I hereby tender my resignation as the Hon. Commission for Environment,Rivers State on this day the 15th May, 2024.

“I want to sincerely appreciate your Excellency,for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the State Executive Council. My decision to resign is due to the political crisis befalling our dear Rivers State and other personal reasons.

“It was a privilege to have been of service to you in your administration and wish you all the best in your tenure.”