- Governor Wike has descended heavily on his counterpart in Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, as the PDP crisis in Edo state deteriorates
- The Rivers state governor said his colleague in Edo state is a serial betrayer and and ungrateful person
- Wike vowed to smoke out the Edo governor’s cohorts in the PDP, saying he would never support the injustice Obaseki planned for the party
Ikwere LGA, Rivers state - Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has attacked his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, describing him as a serial betrayer and ungrateful person.
The Nation reported that Wike rubbished Obaseki’s earlier diatribe against him, adding that the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has been vindicated.
Legit.ng gathers that Wike spoke during the inauguration of an expanded community Secondary School project in Omuanwa in Ikwere local government area of the state on Monday, March 14.
Wike apologised to Oshiomhole for ignoring his warnings about Obaseki, saying everything former governor of Edo state said about the character of his successor has come to pass.
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“If you ask anybody or check the DNA of Godwin Obaseki, what you will see in that DNA is serial betrayal and ungratefulness.
“Let me stand today to apologise to Adams Oshiomole, who had been vindicated by telling us that we would see the true colour, the insincerity and the ungratefulness of governor Obaseki.
“Let me say you have been vindicated. You were right and we were wrong. I have never seen people so ungrateful in life and people who can betray everything. I will never betray anybody because what you will see in my DNA is sincerity, consistency and team work”.
I didn't threaten PDP in 2019 - Wike
Legit.ng recalls that Wike had earlier accused the deputy governor of Edo state, Philip Shaibu of threatening the PDP after the party saved him and his boss, Obaseki, in 2019.
Responding, Obaseki said his deputy didn't threaten the PDP and went on to make a similar allegation against Governor Wike.
However, the Rivers state governor has faulted Obaseki’s claims that he threatened the party to hold its last National Convention in Port Harcourt.
He explained that his position on the venue of the convention was based on PDP’s earlier decision about Port Harcourt.
Wike added that even if he threatened the PDP, he has invested enough in the opposition.
“But assuming though not conceding that I threatened the party, I have invested in the party, Rivers has invested in the party, we have voted for PDP since 1999 till now. Ask Obaseki whether he has done anything for PDP. Has he voted for PDP?
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“The only election that he voted was his own when we gave him an umbrella. I have more stakes in PDP. Obaseki has never supported PDP. It was when his godfather chased you away and you came begging, kneeling down. People came with pressure. Ordinarily, you are a tenant.
“If I threaten the party I am a full and financial member of the party. But you that are a tenant, how can you threaten our party? You were a governor in APC and the PDP won two senatorial districts. PDP won four House of Representatives. I am a governor here, APC does not have one seat”.
Governor Wike also blasted Obaseki for calling him a bully, adding that the Edo governor's utterances were beyond politics. According to him, politics would only make people know the character of an individual.
He spoke further:
“You came to beg a bully for you to have a ticket. A bully was your DG Campaign and a bully bullied you into Government House. What a shame. You came back with your wife to thank the bully saying that after God, the bully made it possible for you to be there”.
“Satan has agents. Most of the people you see are agents of Satan. I am not in the class of Obaseki. We can’t be the same. I was the DG of his campaign. I went there for three days and stayed there without having my bath. We bought even the drinks we drank there. It was Lucky Igbinedon that fed us. I have never seen somebody like Obaseki in my life."
I will smoke you out - Wike tells Obaseki
Speaking further, Governor Wike said he would never support the injustice and impunity that Obaseki planned for PDP vowing to smoke out the Edo Governor’s cohorts in the party.
“This is not the Benin artifacts where you are challenging the Oba, which you lost woefully. This is politics. Obaseki, I have more stakes in PDP than you. All the elections we had run he made no contribution. If you ask him he would say he didn’t know.
“A party had done congresses, formed structures, you came and we told the party’s structure to support you and they did. The Zonal Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih was campaign manager under the COVID. COVID affected him and we had to take him out. People should not be ungrateful in life."
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He went on to state that the PDP should know that there are alternatives if it does not fully open its doors to others.
This infuriated Wike who in his response used derogatory words against the Edo deputy governor.
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Subsequently, Obaseki blasted his Rivers state counterpart, Wike, over the latter's statement against him and his deputy, Shaibu.
According to Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not the personal property of the Rivers governor.
Obaseki said he will not accept political bullies and overlords, reminding Wike how he had dethroned bullies and high handed leaders.