Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has advised Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to “resist” his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The Rivers governor made the assertion following a widely-reported rift between Ambode and Tinubu over the former’s second term bid.
Tinubu is believed to have withdrawn support from Ambode, whom he helped to become governor in 2015, to support another gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Hon. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Wike, who spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday, said, “If it is correct that the godfather is against Ambode, I will tell him (Ambode) to resist it. I will tell him to promote the interest of his state. Godfatherism is not good. It negates development. No more godfather politics in Rivers State. We are not in Lagos State. Rivers State will not accept godfatherism. My concern is to do well for Rivers State.
“For the over three years that we have managed Rivers State, nobody of good conscience will say that we have not done well. We are not threatened because in Rivers State, PDP is a dominant party.”
The governor also debunked claims that he would take up an offer of vice president from one of the presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said, “There are aspirants who have promised me the position of the vice president, but I said I will not seek the position. Not even in the dream will I seek that position at this point. I am a first term governor and the National Chairman of PDP is from my State and the South-South.
“These are mere allegations. People can carry rumours, but everything I will do will be in the interest of Rivers State. Nobody can use Rivers State as a tool. They did that in the past, but not anymore.”