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Fubara Fires Back At Critics, Says He Has Records To Prove His Innocence In Previous Govt

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Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has responded to those questioning his decision to investigate the previous administration, in which he served as Accountant-General.

News About Nigeria reports that Fubara said he possesses records of all his actions as a civil servant, demonstrating that all his actions in the last administration were based on proper approvals.

The governor made this known during the inauguration of Egbeda internal roads on Tuesday, May 21.

The governor declared that he was ready to answer queries, stating that he took his time to document all his activities as a civil servant.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared him and 58 others wanted for N435 billion fraud in 2022.

Fubara and four other Rivers State government officials were wanted for suspected N117 billion fraud, alleged criminal conspiracy, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds, and abuse of office.

The EFCC had called on the general public to assist in apprehending the Accountant-General and other suspects.

Recently, the governor and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, have been at odds with each other.

Fubara’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections was controversial, with several key figures opposing his emergence due to his perceived political inexperience.

Despite this, Fubara won the governorship election, but tensions reportedly escalated when he faced restrictions on appointing commissioners and other key officials, as well as limitations on his spending powers.

The situation worsened with an alleged plot to change the leadership of the State House of Assembly.

The attempted leadership change was aimed at impeaching Fubara, with 27 pro-Wike lawmakers issuing an impeachment notice against the governor.

This led to an explosion at the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex on October 29, 2023, which damaged the building.

Despite police barricades, Fubara, while attempting to visit the Assembly, was reportedly tear-gassed and faced gunfire, but ultimately addressed his supporters and questioned the impeachment motives.

On December 13, 2023, bulldozers demolished the assembly under Fubara’s supervision.

Pro-Wike lawmakers, having defected to the All Progressives Congress, condemned the demolition and continued legislative business from their residential quarters.

This led to the assembly having two factions with separate speakers.

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