PORT-HARCOURT – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has dumped Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, the Lagos State gubernatorial candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a viral video, Wike endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a second term in office.
Confirming the development, Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, in a terse statement on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 said, “Breaking: Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike endorses Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for second term in office. Details late.”
Defending his choice, Wike says Governor Sanwo-Olu is doing very well.
His words, “Again, like I said, If Sanwo-Olu is not doing well, even if he is in my party, I will not come. If you are in my party and you are not doing well you will not see me. That is what i stand for.”
Wike said to Sanwo-Olu: “I will not regret to say that I am in support of you.”
Governor Wike said no one can convince him to drop his advocacy for internal democracy in the party.
It would be recalled that Wike rejected the current formation of the party where the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar; and Director General of the Presidential Campaign, Aminu Tambuwal; are all from the northern part of the country.
A group of five PDP governors, led by Wike, were reportedly absent at the flag-off of the party’s presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday, October 10, 2022.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Seyi Makinde, Oyo; and Samuel Ortom, Benue, were absent at the event.
Members of the group were also absent at the inauguration of the party’s presidential campaign council last month.