Opunabo Inko-Tariah, a former special adviser to former Governor Wike, has claimed that FCT Minister Nyesom Wike previously chastised President Bola Tinubu for running Lagos State’s affairs while Akinwunmi Ambode was the state’s governor. He underlined the necessity of allowing the governor to carry out his duties and cited transcripts of Wike’s remarks in which he expressed opposition to the concept of godfatherism in Rivers State.
He recognized that Wike had a significant impact on Fubara’s election as governor. He did point out, though, that Wike could not serve as both the governor of Rivers State and the minister of the Federal Capital Territory simultaneously.
He said in an interview with AIT, ”Yes no doubt, he [Wike] was instrumental to the emergence of the governor. No doubt that is indisputable. Just as former President Goodluck Jonathan was also instrumental in his emergence as governor. The man [Fubara] has emerged as governor, you allow him to rule. This was the same person who castigated Bola Ahmed Tinubu and even supported Ambode.
He boasted on National television that the issue of godfatherism must never take place in Rivers State. That once a man emerges as a governor, you allow him to rule. The tapes are there, the records are there. Now in his own time, he has forgotten that. He wants to be the governor of Rivers State and the minister of FCT. We are not even bothered about the agreement they had, that has nothing to do with Rivers State people.”