The war of words between Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State and his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, intensified on Monday when the former dubbed the latter a “serial betrayer and an ungrateful person”.
Mr. Wike said this while speaking at an event before a crowd at the commissioning of a secondary school in Omuanwa community, Rivers State, claiming that he and Obaseki are not on the same level when it comes to party politics.
The Rivers “strongman” was reacting to a statement credited to Obaseki, in which he said Wike does not own the PDP.
Governor Obaseki had criticised Governor Wike over his reaction to comments by Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, that PDP members who defected from the APC in Edo were not happy and do not feel accepted into the new party.
He had also said Nigeria needed strong democratic institutions and not strong men, stressing the need for the PDP to position itself to reclaim power at the centre in 2023.
But Wike fired back, alleging that Obaseki has refused to be grateful to the party and the people who supported him to be re-elected when he left the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike mocked by apologizing to a former national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, whom he said had initially warned them about accepting Governor Obaseki into the PDP fold.
“If you check the DNA of Obaseki, what you will see in that DNA is betrayal, serial betrayal, and ungratefulness,” he said.
“Let me stand today to apologise to Adams Oshiomhole who has been vindicated by telling us that we will see the true colour, the insincerity, the ungratefulness of Governor Obaseki.
“We have voted for PDP since 1999 till now; ask Governor Obaseki if he has done anything for PDP (or) voted for PDP. The only election he voted was his own election – where we gave him an umbrella.”
The Rivers governor then narrated how he contributed immensly to the reelectin of Obaseki.
He added, “I am not in the class of Obaseki, never! We are not the same, we can’t be the same. I was the DG of his campaign, I went there (to Edo) for three days.
“I stayed there without having my bath. I have never seen somebody like that in my life – a serial betrayer.
“Let me tell you Obaseki, I know your cohorts and I will smoke all of you out. This is not the Benin artefact that you were challenging the Oba (of Benin), this is politics.
“Obaseki, I have more stake in PDP than you. I have fought for this party, mention one thing that you have done for the PDP.”