The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday openly endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for a second term in office.
Naija News reports that Wike endorsed Sanwo-Olu despite his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), fielding Olajide Adeniran, also known as jandor, as its governorship candidate.
The Rivers Governor pitched his tent with his Lagos counterpart while speaking at the 22nd National Women’s Conference organized by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO).
The event, with the theme: “Spring Forth, Stand Out,” was held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Another PDP leader and former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, accompanied Wike to the event.
While rating Sanwo-Olu high in performance, Wike noted that the Lagos Governor had raised the standard of governance with the quality of projects delivered across Lagos.
According to him, any political party contesting against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos would be wasting time, as Sanwo-Olu’s performance would outshine anyone campaigning against him.
He said he had no regrets for openly endorsing Sanwo-Olu, stressing that his endorsement of his Lagos colleague was borne out of his conviction about good governance.
Wike said: “If Sanwo-Olu is not doing (well), even if he belongs to my party, I will not come here. If you belong to my party and you are not doing well in governance, you won’t see me. If you don’t belong to my party and you are doing well, you will see me. Good governance is what I stand for. I will not regret to say that I am in support of you (Sanwo-Olu) for second term. Others should not waste their time.
“Look at the kind of project coming from this women’s group. Why would any reasonable person not support the Government that is encouraging this? Let’s also look at the kind of physical infrastructure being delivered in Lagos. This confirms Lagos as a State of excellence. There are some people who will come here; instead of them to continue to make Lagos improve, they will bring Lagos down. For me, I’m satisfied with what Sanwo-Olu has done, and it doesn’t matter the party he belongs to.”
Responding to Wike’s endorsement, Sanwo-Olu described it as another example of “politics without bitterness.”
He said Lagos and Rivers states had learned from each other regarding projects and development, adding that both states would continue to cooperate on shared interests.
He said: “There is no better person that is fit as a guest speaker at the conference other than the hardworking Governor Wike of Rivers State. We brought him here to share in his experience and also for him to see what we are doing in Lagos.
“We are encouraging collaboration without bitterness and without talking about our parties or political differences. If you are doing well, it doesn’t matter where you belong. We should encourage peer review across parties.
“Gov. Wike had invited me to Rivers for projects commissioning in the past. We have challenged ourselves in a positive way; this is good for the growth of our politics and the nation.”
Naija News reports that Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is also contesting for Lagos State governor on the platform of the Labour Party.