Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has warned Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to steer clear of the October 10 gubernatorial election in the south-western state.
Wike had on a Channels TV programme, Friday morning, declared that Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the Ondo governorship poll.
He claimed that the leading All Progressives Congress (APC) was putting the electoral umpire, INEC under pressure to win the poll for Akeredolu, having lost in Edo State.
However, reacting through Donald Ojogor, the state Commissioner for Information, Akeredolu said there would not be any room for Wike to influence the process of Ondo election on October 10.
Governor Akeredolu said; “In all aspects, Governor Wike deserves respect not just as governor but as a critical stakeholder in the democratic journey. He has his inalienable rights as a citizen to express his mind and make comments about whatever he feels strongly about.
“However, what amuses us is his imperious attitude and recourse to spurious allegations just because of an election. He should know that the people of the Ondo State who have a history of rejecting external influence and domination, will resist his attempt to play the role of a godfather in Ondo state. Ondo is not Rivers.
“The man ought to know that utterances of public office holders must be measured and their delivery ought to be in line with the mood of the people. The people of the state will resist Wike here even if he had roared elsewhere successfully. For emphasis, his imperialistic approach is most unfortunate and very unbecoming.”