A former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has said that the governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike doesn’t have a monopoly over the state electorate.
Telescope.ng reports that his statement comes amid the crisis troubling the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the leading opposition in the country.
The party has been embroiled in crisis since the conclusion of its presidential primary election in May, when the Rivers governor lost his bid to secure the ticket.
The matter worsened after Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate, granted an interview where he revealed why he did not pick Wike as his running mate.
TheCable had reported that both parties met in the federal capital territory (FCT) a few weeks ago to settle the crisis, but the dissension still lingers.
In an interview on Channels Television, Lamido dismissed the crisis, adding that “we should forget about Wike”.
He said Wike’s stance politically during the 2023 elections will not cost the party votes in Rivers, noting that the governor does not have a monopoly over the people.
Lamido said: “Wike is an individual; I don’t think because he is a governor there he has control and monopoly over the peoples of Rivers.
“He hasn’t got it. Rivers people are also PDP in their own right. They were there in 1999 when he joined. They were there when he was council chairman.
“Therefore, because he’s a governor, he now thinks he is their emperor; it can’t work. There is a Wike in every part of Nigeria who is a governor.
“Leave Wike alone. He has the right to do whatever he wants. He can give order to people in Rivers who are enslaved to him. But right now if you go to Rivers, they are contesting for the governorship seat there, it was Wike who imposed the current candidate and nobody questioned that.”