Reject godfatherism, Wike tells Ambode Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has advised his Lagos state counterpart, Akinwunmi Ambode, to resist any further imposition and oppression from a godfather.
Governor Wike, who was reacting to Ambode’s alleged ordeal in the hands of his Godfather and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, further admonished him to resist the practice of “godfatherism” in his state.
The Rivers State governor and a key figure in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) described the reported rift between Governor Ambode and Asiwaju Tinubu as politically disgraceful stressing that governors should be judged on performance not on some porous loyalty to godfathers.
Blueprint newspapers recall that there have been reported breakdown of relationship between them, but Tinubu was said to have anointed one Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the next governor of Lagos State.
Recall that the Vice Chairman of the APC in Lagos East Senatorial District, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, has stated that National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu instructed them to work towards the emergence of Sanwonolu as the next governor of the state.
However, Wike while speaking during an interview with The Osasu Show at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday said Ambode should negate godfatherism and promote the interest of his state.
“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”, he said.
Also, Wike also declared that godfatherism has no place in Rivers State.
“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”, he said.