Former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has been displaying youthful exuberance in the ongoing crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He alleged also that Governor Wike is being instigated against the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, anchored in Kano, Sule Lamido assured that the crisis rocking the party would be handled with wisdom, admitting that it is normal to have internal squabbles in politics.
Lamido, who is a former foreign affairs minister in the government of the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said that Governor Wike, though committed and responsible, but has been exhibiting signs of youthful exuberance.
“There are people that are inciting him (Wike), but the deed has been done and this did not start now. It happened with Peter Odili, it happened with Osinbajo. He should learn a lesson from them.
“It is not a crime to have internal friction in politics. What is important is to have people with wisdom, competent people to solve the problem. PDP members should be at ease we won’t disappoint them, everything will be resolved.
“We did the national convention. The highest gathering of decision-making of the PDP chose Atiku. Wike contested and lost. Wike is a responsible and committed man but there is some youthful exuberance in him.”
Lamido said that those who accused him of nepotism in Jigawa State politics are free to pursue their political ambitions elsewhere, even as condemned politicians in the state who criticized him for supporting the gubernatorial ambition of his son, Mustapha.
“Is it a crime to love my son? I think my only crime in Jigawa is having children. Who doesn’t love his children?”