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Fubara condemns politics of bitterness and says his senator tried to prevent the ad hoc committee from visiting him

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has condemned the ongoing politics of acrimony in the state, alleging that his senator attempted to deter members of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Turnaround Maintenance of Nigerian Refineries from paying him the traditional courtesy call to bring.
Fubara hails from Rivers South-East senatorial zone and is represented by Senator Barry Mpigi.

Mpigi was yesterday in the state with other members of the committee led by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah to inspect the ongoing maintenance of the Port Harcourt Refinery but was conspicuously missing when the committee paid a courtesy visit to Fubara at the Government House on Friday evening.
Mpigi belongs to the camp of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.

While addressing senators, Fubara said: “I am aware that this is not the actual number of members of this committee. You are more than this. I am also aware that the senator who unfortunately represents my senatorial district did not want you to come here.
“But because you are men of integrity – the real people, who have integrity; You decided to come and do what is right. God will bless you.
‘What you are doing is the right thing. Politics is an important matter. Your worst enemy today can become your best friend tomorrow. It’s an interesting venture. But the interests of the people must come first.

“Unfortunately, some people think it’s a life-or-death thing. And that’s a mistake everyone makes when you take these things outside the normal principles and rules.
“Our government has nothing to do with politics of bitterness because we have the interests of our people at heart. We consider their well-being our priority because that is why they have given us the mandate to govern them. Their interest, which is the interest of the state, therefore comes first in our plan of action.”
Fubara warned that anyone who disrespects a man in authority, because of his age or status, might enjoy temporary success, but such insults would boomerang with ever greater pain.

He said: “We could be a state and it’s presented as having problems. But we have no problems. Our eyes are on the ball to help our people. Even despite this deliberate distraction, we will not abandon our people, because ultimately it is the impact we make on our people that counts.”
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Nelson Chukwudi, reminded senators of the peaceful nature and hospitality of the state and its people, and urged them to feel free to interact with the government communicate for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders.