The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, threw caution to the wind and descended heavily on a fellow governor, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, describing him as a serial betrayer, a disposition he further claimed was directly connected to his DNA.
Wike, who replied to Obaseki’s response to his initial diatribe against his deputy, however, said a former Edo State governor and sacked national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole, had been vindicated by Obaseki’s actions.
But in replying to Wike’s initial attack against the Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, Obaseki described the Rivers governor’s attack as “most unfortunate and totally uncalled for,” warning that Edo State has a history of dealing with bullies.
However, Wike, who tendered an apology to Oshiomhole for ignoring his warnings about Obaseki, stated that everything Oshiomhole said about the character of the Edo governor had come to pass.
He said, “If you ask anybody or check the DNA of Obaseki, you will discover that he is a serial betrayer and an ungrateful person. I apologise to Oshiomhole, who told us about Obaseki. You have been vindicated,” the Rivers governor said.
Speaking during the inauguration of Community Secondary School, Omuanwa, in Ikwerre LGA, Wike added: “Dr. Abiye Sekibo called me and told me not to reply Obaseki, but I said no. I will reply him, I’m a politician. Obaseki said I’m a bully, but he came to beg a bully for ticket, a bully was his campaign Director General and a bully bullied him into Edo State Government House.
“It didn’t end there, he still came back with his wife to thank the bully after the election. I slept in Edo State for three days just to deliver Obaseki, but today, I’m a bully. If you check the DNA of Obaseki, what you’ll see is betrayal, serial betrayal and ungratefulness.
“He said I threatened PDP, assuming without conceding that I threatened PDP, I have every right to do so. I have invested in the party. Rivers State has invested in the party. Rivers State is one of the few states that has voted PDP since 1999. We have invested in the party. You’re a tenant in PDP, I have more stake in PDP than you.
“You said I’m causing crisis in Edo State, I have capacity, that is why I’m causing crisis. I challenge you to come and cause crisis in Rivers state, then you’ll know who is who. Obaseki, I know your cohorts, I will smoke all of you out. Obaseki, I challenge you to defect back to the APC, we’ll shave your head..
“I know those using you, if I decide to run for president, I will win all of you. Obaseki, melembe melembe. The game has started, I will make you lose weight.”
But in his response to the initial trigger, Obaseki, in a paid advertorial in some national newspapers, called on the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to call Wike to order, because the issues raised by his deputy were germane and needed to be resolved in the interest of the party. He said the personal attacks by Wike against Shaibu was to say the least, most unfortunate and totally uncalled for.
His words: “If Governor Wike was one who is wont to show respect and courtesy to his colleague-governors, he would have ordinarily reached out to me to express his concerns about the views made by my deputy governor, rather than embarking on this unwarranted public onslaught.
“My deputy governor is a former National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and his comment is representative of the essence of the nation’s youth population, who are inclined to openly speak up and question the status quo.