Gov. Obaseki raps Rivers gov, says ‘ PDP not personal property of anyone’
The crisis between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, may have deepened.
This was because Governor Obaseki took exception to Governor Wike’s attacks on him and his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu.
To this end, the Edo State governor said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was not the personal property of Governor Wike.
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Governor Obaseki also said he would not accept political bullies and overlords, reminding Wike how he had dethroned bullies and high handed leaders.
Obaseki emphasised that Edo could not be bought.
In an advertorial placed on Monday, the Edo State governor accused Governor Wike of unguarded and disruptive tendencies, urging party leaders to call him to order.
Defending his deputy over his remarks about Edo PDP, Governor Obaseki said his Rivers State counterpart should have taken a cue from the way the national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, responded to Shaibu’s remarks.
He collaborated Shaibu’s complaint that “the leaders, executives and members” who defected along with him from the All Progressives Congress (APC) have not been accepted, integrated and harmonised into the Edo PDP.
He lamented that the defectors were being vilified and ostracised by a cabal led by Chief Dan Orbih.
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Governor Obaseki wondered why Governor Wike was always fond of threatening the party and party leaders.
He said while nobody was against Governor Wike’s desire to run for President, he (Wike) should not pursue his ambition in a disruptive manner.
Governor Obaseki said, “While Wike is free to use his resources as he deems fit in pursuit of his ambition, he should not attempt to cow, intimidate, cajole and threaten others into doing his bidding. Edo State cannot and will not be procured for anyone’s personal ambition.”