Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has tackled former Jigawa Governor Sule Lamido over his comments about the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Wike described Lamido as a failed politician who has lost relevance since his exit as Jigawa governor.
“Under Lamido’s watch, as a governor of Jigawa State in 2015, the APC governorship candidate, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, scored a total of 648,045 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Malam Aminu Ringim, who scored a total of 479, 447 votes.
“Worst still, in 2019, governor Abubakar polled 810,933, while the PDP candidate scored 288,356,” Wike said in a statement by his media aide, Kevin Ebiri.
The Rivers State Governor was reacting to Lamido’s comments who accused him (Wike)of dragging his rift with the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“Wike is an individual, I don’t think because he is a governor there he has control and monopoly over the peoples of Rivers,” Lamido said in an interview on Channels TV.
But Wike in the statement said, “While, we cannot deny that Lamido has an inalienable right to his personal opinion, we wish to declare that he, however, lacks the right to malign governor Wike, whose immense contributions to the sustenance of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not in dispute.
“It is rather appalling that at a time when concerted efforts are being made by lovers of true democracy and the unity of the party, to resolve some inherent contradictions plaguing the PDP, Alhaji Lamido and his cohorts, who have since lost their relevance in the polity, are busy creating friction and schism.
“Governor Wike has never claimed to be the custodian of the over 3 million votes in Rivers State. But as the leader of the PDP and good people of Rivers State, anyone who underrates the governor’s political pedigree or dares to ignore his influence in the State and beyond will be doing so at his peril.”
The PDP has been engulfed in crisis since the conclusion of its presidential primary election in May when the Rivers governor lost his bid to secure the ticket.
The situation got worse after Atiku granted an interview where he revealed why he did not pick Wike as his running mate.