Wike Has This Advice For Ambode Over Rift With Tinubu

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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Tinubu is believed to have withdrawn support from Ambode, whom he helped to become governor in 2015, to support another gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Hon.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.

This is just as President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met Ambode over the impasse with Tinubu.

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.”

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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.”


John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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