Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has criticised a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole over a statement which the latter made recently apologising for supporting Godwin Obaseki to be governor in 2016.
Mr Oshiomhole had referred to Mr Obaseki as a “bad product” which he unintentionally sold to Edo people.
However, in a live interview on AIT on Wednesday, Wike boasted that despite Oshiomhole’s moves, Obaseki had no real challenger in the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
According to a statement by Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications Paulinus Nsirim, Wike said during the interview: “I respect the Benin tradition and I know that Edo people are educated to know that Oshiomhole cannot play on their intelligence.
“If he is now retracting what he said of (Osagie) Ize-Iyamu, who is sure that he’s saying the correct thing now.
“Adams Oshiomole’s sudden U-turn is a great insult on Edo people. This is an opportunity for Edo people both at home and in the diaspora to use their votes to tell Oshiomhole they cannot take his lies anymore.
“From all indications, it is obvious that there is no strong opposition against Obaseki and he will win convincingly.”
Wike, who is chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council, stated that his team accepted the responsibility to lead the campaign because they are satisfied with the general mood of the residents.