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Wike’s Godfather Through Whom He Made His First Big Money Dumps Him For Fubara (Pictures)

By Emmanuel Aziken



Mbata Wike

Senator John Azuta Mbata, identified by Nyesom Wike as his first political godfather and through whom he started making money as a budding lawyer has identified with Governor Siminalayi Fubara in the evolving political developments in Rivers State.

Senator Mbata who served two terms in the Senate at the outset of the Fourth Republic between 1999 and 2007 had been outed by Wike as the man who made him earn his first big money and also sponsored him to be local government chairman in 1999.

Speaking in January 2023 when he as governor led the then PDP candidate to visit Mbata on his birthday, Wike had said:

“So many people do not know my relationship with you. But those who are very close and know about my political career, they know that my first shot in public office was sponsored by you for me to be council chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government.

“I started making money as a lawyer preparing all the estate documents for you. So, I have made money through you before I became council chairman through preparation of land documents.” reports that Senator Azuta-Mbata, however, sang a different tune on Thursday, when he was called up by Governor Fubara to flag-off the 33.5km Elele-Egbeda-Omoku Road.

He said:

“We are, indeed, extremely delighted to have a Governor of your calibre. We salute your leadership on this occasion. We salute your humanity on this occasion. We salute your humility on this occasion.

“We salute your propensity and preference for peace and tranquility. We are very delighted to be associated with your humble self and our very presence here today, I believe, makes the point that we are your supporters.

“We don’t have to talk too much about it. Anybody who is a politician understands that my standing here means I am making a grand political statement,” he said.

Senator Mbata further said: “We are the face of the people that are behind, and we are many, millions of people, Rivers people, chiefs, traditional rulers, elder statesmen, and businessmen. We make the silent majority that are behind, supporting the effort of the Government to emancipate the people and to bring development to Rivers State.

“I want to take the opportunity to call on all and sundry, all our people, wherever you are, to give your utmost support to the Government because for the very first time, Government has moved away from the time when the Governor was seen as a tin god, a time when the Governor demanded worship, so to say; to a time when the Governor has become a symbol, a rallying point for the people.

“A rallying point for accountability of resources of our people. A rallying point for bringing all our people into the same boat. We are in an era where there is massive and extensive consultation going on. This is the order of the day, when nobody’s view is thrown away.” reports that Governor Fubara at the occasion warned the remnants of the ground forces aligned to Wike, that is, the local government chairmen that they should behave themselves because they would soon leave office and be personally held for their actions.

“Nobody has the monopoly of violence. I should even be the one who should come out and shout that I will do this and that. But I don’t need to do that because both sides belong to me. I have taken oath to protect all.

“So, I am advising those people who call themselves local government chairmen: you have a few days in office. Please, conduct yourselves in a peaceful manner.”

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