Fayose’s Interview: Must Wike Serve In Tinubu’s Government?


Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose stirred the hornet’s nest on Sunday when he said he will be highly disappointed if President Bola Tinubu fails to reward the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) G-5 governors who worked for him during the 2023 presidential election.

While four of the governors, which include Nyesom Wike; Okezie Ikpeazu; Samuel Ortom and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi have completed their two terms as governors, only Seyi Makinde, who was first elected in 2019 is currently holding public office as the governor of Oyo state

Fayose who said he would be disappointed if President Tinubu “does not appreciate” the G5 members for standing by him during the election, particularly singled out the immediate past governor of Rivers state, Wike, the arrowhead of the G-5, saying he MUST serve in Tinubu’s government.

“Wike must serve (in Tinubu’s government). Wike is still a young man; I am his senior brother. Wike is an asset to Nigeria. He is a man of courage. Wike is never timid; he confronts challenges. Asiwaju needs a man like Wike,”.

While some Nigerians have accused Fayose of doing a hatchet job for the PDP G-5, especially Wike, others said his statement is a veiled threat and attempt to coerce or blackmail the president into giving Wike a political appointment, especially when you remember the popular ‘I Owe You Nothing’ remark made by Tinubu to Wike during project commissioning in Port Harcourt few weeks ago.

Must Wike serve in Tinubu’s government? Will hell be let loose if Tinubu fails to appoint Wike as a member of his cabinet?


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