Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has made a revelation concerning how Nyesom Wike became Governor of Rivers State.
In a recent interview on Arise TV, Dino Melaye revealed that former first lady, Patience Jonathan, helped Nyesom Wike become the Governor of River State.
Melaye also alleged that former Governors of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and Peter Odili, contributed to Wike’s political ascent.
Melaye accused Wike of being ungrateful to those who helped him in his political career, while he boasts about the people he has assisted.
He stated, “Governor Odili made him chairman of his local government. So he has been helped by somebody. After Governor Odili helped him, Governor Amaechi made him chief of staff. Governor Amaechi helped him. Governor Amaechi nominated him to be a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Governor Amaechi helped him. Mrs Goodluck Jonathan spent her money, her connection and everything to make him the Governor of Rivers State.”
Melaye added that Patience Jonathan “spent her money, connection, and everything she had” to ensure Wike’s victory in the gubernatorial election. The former lawmaker also claimed that Odili assisted Wike in becoming the chairman of his local government.
Melaye’s remarks highlight the role of influential figures in Nigerian politics and the dynamics of power and patronage.
While he acknowledges that everyone gets helped by someone in their political careers, Melaye asserts that assistance should not be used as a means of control and domination.