“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.”
Tony John, Port Harcourt
As the political drama in Lagos State linger, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has advised Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to call the bluff of his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, yesterday, Wike 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,” he said.
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He also declared that he will not be vying for the position of vice president, as being speculated in certain quarters.
Governor Wike agreed that some presidential aspirants seeking his support have offered him the position in the course of political consultations.
Speaking in an interview with The Osasu Show at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike 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.”
He said the decision to host the October 5 National Convention in Port Harcourt was initiated without his knowledge, adding that he eventually attended a meeting where governors and presidential aspirants ratified the resolution.
He expressed surprise that a few presidential aspirants, who never opposed the decision have turned around to sponsor reports against the venue of the convention.
“When we say that there are moles among the presidential aspirants, this is one of the manifestations. A decision that is collectively taken is being contested through clandestine sponsorship.
“But, if they want, the National Convention can be held at Maiduguri, Yola, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kano or any other city. A presidential aspirant that would lose would lose.
“All the national delegates that will vote at the National Convention will emerge from the different local government areas of the country and from the statutory delegates list. None will be elected in Port Harcourt. Therefore, it is uncharitable to attempt to create the impression that hosting it in Port Harcourt will influence the outcome.”