Despite the ongoing political crisis in Rivers State, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has stated that he has no regrets about appointing Siminalayi Fubara governor.

Wike explained that the decision to choose Fubara as governor was made to promote state unity.

Speaking on Sunday at a New Year’s luncheon in his country home, Rumueprikom, in Rivers State’s Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, the minister stated that he and other state leaders chose and pushed for Fubara’s rise.

The immediate past governor also recounted buying nomination papers for Fubara and others who competed on the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP, in the state.

According to Wike: “Those who open their mouths to talk don’t know anything. I was the one who paid for the forms for anybody who wanted to run for elections as governor, House of Assembly and National Assembly. Let one person raise his hand and say he bought forms.

“We say we are all family members with no need for acrimony. Don’t spend your money, we will agree on who will run. The day we made the final decision, the Chairman of the elders’ council nearly collapsed.

“He is here. OCJ Okocha was there, Awuse was there. Omehia was there. He nearly collapsed. Why? He wanted a governor from the riverine area.

“When I looked at him, I said, ‘Why will I allow this old man to just die.’ I say let’s not create the impression that there are people who want to monopolise power.

“Let’s allow everybody to be part of it because we belong to one Rivers State. If I had wanted, nobody would have stopped me. Nobody had what it takes to even be near me.

“And to God be the glory, I don’t regret what I did and I will never regret what I did because I want the unity of this state for us to forge ahead. If I wanted an Ikwerre man, nobody would have stopped me”.