Contest Of Powers: Why Governors Appear Like Messengers Of Mr. President

Contest Of Powers: Why Governors Appear Like Messengers Of Mr. President

Contest Of Powers: Why Governors Appear Like Messengers Of Mr. PresidentWhen penultimate Thursday Governor Nyesom Wike arrested 22 ExxonMobil workers who reportedly breached his executive order barring movement into the state, many had looked forward to a real contest of powers between federal and state authorities.

“As a responsive government, we have quarantined them in line with the relevant health protocols, and they will be charged to court,” Governor Wike vowed in a session with newsmen the following Friday.

Cast against the earlier arrest and prosecution of the cabin crew and passengers of a Caverton Helicopter who also breached the same executive order, students of Nigeria’s federalism had looked forward to a possible showdown.The governor said the release of the men followed entreaties by well-meaning Nigerians who intervened to stave off a clash.

However, few would have observed that a day after the arrest of the ExxonMobil staff that the state commissioner of police, Mr. Mustapha Dandaura was replaced by a new commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mukan at the instance of the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed.

Whether it was that or not that pushed Wike to unbend remains a matter of speculation.

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