Amidst Criticism, Gov. Fubara Defends Re-appointment of Wike’s Men

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has said his administration was appointing people who served under former Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration because they are persons with wealth of experience and would contribute meaningfully to the success of his government.

Fubara said this shortly after swearing-in Dr. Tammy Danagogo as the Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), Chidi Amadi as Chief of Staff, Government House, and Dr. Adaeze Chidinma Oreh as a Commissioner at Government House, Port Harcourt.

Recall that Danagogo served as SSG to Wike’s government. And while nine out of the eleven Commissioners appointed so far by the governor served under his predecessor, only two persons are fresh.

Governor Fubara also appointed Chidi Amadi, as his Chief-of-Staff.

Their appointments were contained in a statement dated June 22, 2023, and signed by Boniface Onyedi, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor.

This comes almost one month after the Governor was sworn into office, a “delayed” appointment which created wide criticism.

Some residents of the state, however, took to their social media handles, especially Facebook to criticize Amadi’s appointment as the Chief-of-Staff owing to his tribe in the state.

A post read, “Opobo is Ikwerre and Ikwerre is Opobo.” This is because some people believe Wike, an indigene of Ikwerre is still in power while, Fubara, an indigene of Opobo is in office.

Another post read, “They never allowed Sim to make an appointment of his own and na Opobo and Riverine turn. Is our God not merciful?”

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