Rivers State Attorney General Resigns, Rejects Redeployment for Second Time

Rivers AG resigns, rejecting redeployment by Gov. Fubara, citing interference with duties. Resignation highlights ongoing power struggle between Fubara and predecessor Wike, despite peace deal.

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Rivers State Attorney General Resigns, Rejects Redeployment for Second Time

Rivers State Attorney General Resigns, Rejects Redeployment for Second Time

Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State, Nigeria, has resigned from Governor Siminalayi Fubara's cabinet, rejecting his redeployment to the Ministry of Special Duties (Governor's Office) for the second time in less than six months. Adangor, a loyalist of immediate-past governor Nyesom Wike, accused the current governor of willfully interfering with his duties as the Attorney General.

In his resignation letter, Adangor stated, "I am no longer willing to continue serving in your administration in any capacity and accordingly hereby resign my appointment as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State with effect from today 24th April 2024." He alleged that Governor Fubara had directed him not to defend or oppose suits filed against the Attorney General and the Government of Rivers State by individuals sponsored by the state government.

This marks the second time Adangor has quit Fubara's governor's cabinet, citing the governor's interference with his duties as the reason for his resignation. He had previously resigned in December 2023 due to a political crisis in the state but later returned after being reconfirmed by the State House of Assembly.

The resignation follows a cabinet reshuffle approved by Governor Fubara, which also affected another loyalist of Nyesom Wike, who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Isaac Kamalu, the Commissioner for Finance, also rejected his redeployment as Commissioner of Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment and subsequently resigned from the State Executive Council, stating that the peace sought in the state had not been attained and he could not deliver good governance due to the acrimony and discord in the government.

Why this matters: The resignations of Adangor and Kamalu highlight the ongoing political conflict between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who have been engaged in a power tussle. The developments suggest that the political feud between the two camps is not over despite a peace deal brokered by President Bola Tinubu.

Public affairs analysts and residents have argued that Adangor should have rejected his reappointment as Attorney General, knowing he is loyal to an opposing camp. The resignation of the two commissioners, both strong allies of Wike, is the latest development in the crisis that has made governance difficult in Rivers State. Governor Fubara has yet to respond to the resignations or announce replacements for the vacant positions.

Key Takeaways

  • Rivers AG Adangor resigns from Fubara's cabinet, rejecting redeployment.
  • Adangor accuses Fubara of interfering with his duties as AG.
  • Wike loyalist Kamalu also resigns as Finance Commissioner, citing discord.
  • Resignations highlight ongoing power struggle between Fubara and predecessor Wike.
  • Fubara yet to respond or announce replacements for the vacant positions.