How What Wike Campaigned Against Tinubu Becomes His Challenges

How What Wike Campaigned Against Tinubu Becomes His Challenges

  • President Bola Tinubu has often been described as the most successful political godfather in contemporary Nigerian politics
  • Tinubu has often been criticised for the position he attained, but godfatherism is one of the aspirations of some of his critics, and such an example is Nyesom Wike, the former governor of Rivers
  • Wike succeeded in installing Siminalayi Fubara as his successor but lost the loyalty of his political godson barely four months after the latter assumed office journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

Port Harcourt, Rivers - President Bola Tinubu has often been criticised and condemned for being the most successful political godfather in Nigeria's current political dispensation, considering his influence in Lagos politics after leaving office.

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Lagos is a state of power struggle, fallouts, and reconciliation that had thrived under President Tinubu's godfatherism since the return of democracy in 1999 when he served as the state governor.

The Rivers state political crisis has been described as the fight between political godfather and godson, Nyesom Wike and Siminalayi Fubara. President Bola Tinubu has earlier been criticised by Wike for being a political godfather in Lagos.
Rivers: Wike suffering from godfatherism that Tinubu survived Photo Credit: @SimFubaraKSC, @GovWike, @officialABAT
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Tinubu has been popularly and generally described as the godfather in Lagos politics. His endorsement of any candidate for the number one seat in the state is always crucial.

Interestingly, some former governors who moved and campaigned against him from other states have attempted to become like him and installed their preferred candidates. While they have successfully installed their preferred successors, they have not (so far) been successful at keeping them loyal, and a good example of such is Nyesom Wike, the former governor of Rivers State.

Why Wike campaigned against Tinubu

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Wike of Rivers is one of the prominent among these former governors.

Though Wike worked for Tinubu's emergence as president, they have records of speaking and campaigning against him at some point while in office. He also appeared to be interested in the presidential seat.

Tinubu, on the other hand, would likely prefer a successor who will sustain his legacies and policies.

How Wike started Edo no be Lagos campaigns

In a tactical move against Tinubu's godfatherism in Lagos, Wike started the "Edo no be Lagos" campaign against Tinubu during the 2020 governorship election in Edo state.

Wike was instrumental in the emergence of Governor Godwin Obaseki as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election after the latter was ousted from emerging as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the machinery of his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.

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In the governorship poll, the former governor, now the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, eventually became the campaign director general of the Obaseki campaign. This was how he launched the "Edo no be Lagos" campaign against Oshiomhole and, by extension, against Tinubu.

El-Rufai and Wike, fighting their successors

Wike is not finding it easy with his successor, Siminalayi Fubara. The Rivers governor is currently working to dismantle the reputation and structure of his predecessor, who worked for him to be in office.

Unfortunately, there are allegations that President Tinubu was backing Fubara for his 2027 presidential ambition, knowing full well that Wike had a strong interest in where he was sitting.

Aisha Yesufu, an online political commentator, was one of the Nigerians who raised the allegation on social media, alleging that Wike had dined with the devil

Her tweet reads in part:

"A powerless Wike is a great asset to Tinubu, and Tinubu will ensure every power that Wike has is stripped so he becomes a proper errand boy who can be controlled completely.

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"Without the structure of Rivers State, Wike is a haggard old politician, and I bet you Tinubu would rather have a deal with Fubara than Wike."

See her tweet here:

Will Wike come back?

However, Okanlawon Gaffar, a legal practitioner, predicted Wike's return to retaining the political structure in the state in an exclusive interview with

The legal icon said:

"Wike's position as a godfather, especially in the sense that he has passed through this before. He fought his godfather too to become the governor of Rivers state, so he understands how this game is played. I also believe that he understands how it can be lost and how it can be won."

Police to continue take over of Rivers LGs earlier reported that the Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun said the police would ensure that the 23 local government secretariats in Rivers state would remain shut.

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Egbetokun lamented the killing of an inspector during the political violence in one of the local governments in the state.

The police boss said that his officers would not leave the local government secretariats until the court delivered its judgement on the tenure elongation of the council chairmen.


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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: or call 08161717844