Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has explained why he did not meet Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki during his recent visit to the state.
Wike, who was in the Edo State capital for presidential campaign consultations, did not meet with Obaseki or his deputy, Philip Shaibu.
He also avoided the Edo PDP Secretariat in Benin, where he was suspected of being an Obaseki supporter by Edo PDP Chairman Dr. Tony Aziegbemi.
In an interview with BBC News Pidgin, Wike explained his reasoning.
“I did not visit Governor Godwin Obaseki because the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did not send me there,” he explained.
“They dispatched me to meet with delegates (rather than the Governor) to discuss how our party will win the presidential race in 2023.
“It’s nowhere written that I have to go visit the Governor before seeing the party delegates.”
“I’m not in a relationship with Governor Godwin Obaseki, and he’s not my girlfriend, so why am I fighting with him?”
Dr. Dan Orbih, the Edo PDP chairman till his elevation to Deputy Vice Chairman South South.
Wike met with Edo PDP delegates at the mansion of a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), the late Chief Tony Anenih, who was greeted by a throng of fans.
Wike and Obaseki have been involved in a public feud, with the Rivers Governor referring to his Edo counterpart as a serial betrayer and ungrateful individual.
He expressed his sincere regret to Obaseki’s old godfather and predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, for disregarding his warnings about the Edo Governor.
The issue began when Obaseki insulted Wike, claiming that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was not the party of the people.
The Edo Governor stated that political bullies and overlords will not be tolerated, recalling Wike’s success in dethroning bullies and high-handed leaders. According to Obaseki, cannot be purchased.
Wike, for his part, called Obaseki a chronic betrayer and ungrateful individual.
“If you ask anyone or check Godwin Obaseki’s DNA, what you would find in that DNA is serial betrayal and ungratefulness,” he remarked.
“Let me take this opportunity to apologize to Adams Oshiomole, who had been justified by informing us that we would see governor Obaseki’s true colors, insincerity, and ungratefulness.”