Wike ends 2013 Rivers Assembly crisis

· Ex-House Leader apologises for actions

In a rare fence mending initiative, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday in Port-Harcourt, reconciled major actors in the July 9, 2013, Rivers State House of Assembly crisis.

In the same vein, Leader of the then House, Chidi Lloyd, has apologised to Rivers people for the role he played in the crisis.

Consequent upon, the reconciliation , the ex-lawmakers agreed to unite as members of one big family under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The major actors included, Lloyd, Michael Chindah, Evans Bipi and Kelechi Nworgu.

Speaking at the ceremony, Wike added that the event was a confirmation that the key actors in the crisis have formally reconciled.

He added: “They are the people directly involved in the then State House of Assembly crisis and this ceremony is to tell the world that they have reconciled.

“They are still members of the same family and they are happy with the reconciliation”, the governor noted.

In his speech, Lloyd said the reconciliation was ordained by God and restated his earlier apology to Chindah and his other colleagues over his role in the crisis at the State House of Assembly.

Lloyd described his action in 2013, as a mistake of the head and not of the heart and thanked Wike for his benevolence which led to the reconciliation.

Responding, Chindah thanked God for keeping them alive to witness the peace parley.

He also lauded Governor Wike for his role in ensuring that he remained alive after the incident.

Chindah, who observed that Lloyd misunderstood him on the day of the crisis, said he had already forgiven him since December, 2013.

He urged parliamentary leaders not to promote issues that would lead to crisis in their service to humanity.

In the vein, Evans Bipi described Lloyd as a man with a large heart and thanked him for coming back to his roots.

On his part, Kelechi Nworgu said the reconciliation was his greatest achievement in the present administration.

He stated that he never regretted his action on the day of the incident as he stood for the freedom of the state.

Nworgu lauded Wike for championing the reconciliation which he noted was for the good of the State.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of PDP, Desmond Akawor, described the peace meeting as a practical manifestation of forgiveness.

He lauded Wike for always treading the path of a righteous ruler and thanked the various parties to the reconciliation for taking the bold step to forgive one another.

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