Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has described Godwin Obaseki, his Edo State counterpart as an ungrateful, and a serial betrayer.
The latest outburst of the combative governor is a followup to his earlier tongue lashing of Obaseki’s deputy, Philip Shaibu whom he threatened to recommend to the party hierarchy for disciplinarian action.
In his latest diatribe, Wike said Obaseki’s former godfather and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole, had been vindicated.
Wike spoke during the inauguration of an expanded community Secondary School project in Omuanwa in Ikwere Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
He said: “If you ask anybody or check the DNA of Godwin Obaseki, what you will see in that DNA is serial betrayer and ungratefulness.
“Let me stand today to apologise to Adams Oshiomole, who had been vindicated by telling us that we would see the true colour, the insincerity and the ungratefulness of governor Obaseki.
“Let me say you have been vindicated. You were right and we were wrong. I have never seen people so ungrateful in life and people who can betray everything. I will never betray anybody because what you will see in my DNA is sincerity, consistency and team work”.
Wike faulted Obaseki’s claims that he threatened the party to hold its last National Convention in Port Harcourt explaining that his position on the venue of the convention was based on PDP’s earlier decision about Port Harcourt.
He said following the decision to adopt Port Harcourt as the venue, he had invited all hotel owners and urged them to spend money and give their facilities a face-lift in preparation for that convention.
“They spent their money. But some presidential aspirants went back to say they would not go to Port Harcourt. As a lover of the state and this party and said you cannot make people to spend money and then overnight you say you won’t come again.
“But assuming though not conceding that I threatened the party, I have invested in the party, Rivers has invested in the party, we have voted for PDP since 1999 till now. Ask Obaseki whether he has done anything for PDP. Has he voted for PDP?
“The only election that he voted was his own when we gave him an umbrella. I have more stakes in PDP. Obaseki has never supported PDP. It was when his godfather chased you away and you came begging, kneeling down. People came with pressure. Ordinarily, you are a tenant.
“If I threaten the party I am a full and financial member of the party. But you that are a tenant, how can you threaten our party? You were a governor in APC and the PDP won two senatorial districts. PDP won four House of Representatives. I am a governor here, APC does not have one seat”.
Wike, who blasted Obaseki for calling him a bully, further said: “You came to beg a bully for you to have a ticket. A bully was your DG Campaign and a bully bullied you into Government House. What a shame. You came back with your wife to thank the bully saying that after God, the bully made it possible for you to be there”.
Wike said Obaseki’s utterances were beyond politics, adding that only politics would make people know the character of an individual.
On Obaseki’s claims that he threatened the PDP because of Ndudi Elumelu, Wike said he only stood by the party’s earlier agreement on who should emerge the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.