There are indications that the political crisis in Rivers State may linger following the condition given to President Goodluck Jonathan by the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi, who had visited the President in Aso Villa Friday last week, had gone into a brief meeting with Jonathan with a view to resolving the crisis rocking the state, including the dwindling security situation in the state.
According to an impeccable source Amaechi had told the President Jonathan to sack the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike so that peace would return to the state.
The governor, according to the source, who is a stakeholder of the PDP in Rivers State, had expressed his discomfort over Wike’s overbearing attitude in the state and his utterances in recent times were worsening the already tensed situation in the state.
Wike had told his supporters to be ready to fight, a directive that appeared not to have gone down well with Amaechi and his supporters.
But the Chairman of the state chapter of the PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah, explained that Amaechi could not have asked President Jonathan to sack a man who was the brain behind his rise in politics.
Obuah pointed out that if Amaechi had made such a demand, the President would not accede to it, even as he described the minister as one of the best in Jonathan’s administration.
Also, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tony Okocha, who spoke in a telephone interview however, pointed out that although Amaechi was not interested in the removal of Wike as a minister, it did not remove the fact that the minister was the hatchet man fuelling the crisis in the state.
He insisted that his boss would not demand for the sacking of the minister.