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Governor Wike Takes A Swipe At Ex-Gov Sule Lamido, Accuses Him Of Taking Over Jigawa State For His Family

August 30, 2022

Wike indirectly accused Lamido of pushing for his son to be the next governor of Jigawa. Lamido was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2015.

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has berated a former Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido, accusing him of being selfish and self-centred.

Wike spoke on Tuesday in response to a recent statement made by Lamido that Wike was acting like an Emperor in Rivers, a fallout of the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Wike lost the presidential primary election of the party to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who emerged as the presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 election. The crisis in the PDP deepened after Atiku shunned Wike and picked the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

Lamido during a recent interview on Channels TV said the party did not offend Wike.

"Get this straight, they (a committee working to resolve the PDP crisis) are people who are well-wishers, who want to make sure there's peace in PDP. They are not there for PDP or for anybody else; they are simply there for Atiku as a person, not as a candidate of the party.

"They are not there because of PDP. Similarly, Wike is a PDP man; he can't say I want to reconcile, reconcile with who, who offended who? How?” the governor had asked.

He had also noted that Wike was trying to claim for himself the power of an "Emperor", adding that the Rivers governor had no control over the people of Rivers state because of his position as the governor of the state.

"Wike is an individual and I don't think because he's a governor, he has total monopoly and control over Rivers; he hasn't got it. He's only speaking because he's just bluffing.

“Rivers people are people who are already in PDP, they are alright. They were there in 1999 when he joined, they were there when he was the council chairman so they have been there with him, not simply because he's their governor,” Lamido had added.

Wike, through Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, had slammed Lamido saying the former Jigawa governor had lost political relevance.

Also on Tuesday, while interacting with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport, shortly after his arrival from London, United Kingdom, Wike accused Lamido of nepotism.

Wike lamented that some people want to appropriate the resources of a state to themselves alone. 

Wike indirectly accused Lamido of pushing for his son to be the next governor of Jigawa. Lamido was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2015.

Lamido’s son, Mustapha, emerged as the PDP governorship candidate in the state for the 2023 election.

Politics Nigeria quoted Wike to have said, “Never mind some people who are just interested in their own, some people who only know how to produce their own children as governors or members of National Assembly.

“It’s unfortunate that’s the country where we are in. A man finished to be a governor. Now, what the man does again, how his own son will be a governor. And this is what has been part of the crisis we are having.

“It’s unfortunate. And these are the kinds of people who said they are leaders of this country. What exactly are they showing as leaders of the country?

“Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is about everybody.

“Somebody finishes eight years as governor. Somebody doing (sic) his own son to be governor, doing his own son to go to the National Assembly.

“It is only in this part of the world that you can see that. When we are talking about poverty everywhere.”