Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State has apologised to former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, saying he regrets working for the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
FS News reports that through the support of Wike and some PDP heavyweights, Obaseki clinched the PDP ticket after the APC showed him the way out amid a feud with Oshiomhole, his predecessor.
After Obaseki’s exit from the APC, Oshiomhole threw his weight behind Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who eventually won the APC ticket.
Ize-Iyamu was Obaseki’s opponent in 2016 when Oshiomhole was leaving office as governor after two terms.
While APC rolled out its machineries to stop the governor’s return, the PDP appointed Wike Chairman of its governorship campaign.
In the end, Obaseki was reelected.
Speaking when he paid a visit to Wike after his victory, Obaseki had said, “After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace.
You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes and gave me food to eat. It was in this house, the campaign council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won. It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen.”
But the duo soon fell apart.
During the commissioning of Rumuepirikom Flyover in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers by Oshiomhole on Wednesday, Wike said he would not have worked for Obaseki.
Looking towards the direction of Oshiomhole, Wike said, “We are now friends, let bygones be bygones.”