Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has washed his hands off helping Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, secure the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo.
Mr Wike stated this on Tuesday via Twitter, saying he was withdrawing from Mr Obaseki’s case because of some “senseless accusation” made against him in ThisDay newspaper.
The governor posted a photo of himself brandishing a copy of the newspaper with a banner headline, ‘With a Friend Like Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’s Waterloo; Almost’.
The article published on Tuesday alleges a connection between Wike and the moves to use a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to stop Obaseki from participating in the Edo PDP primary.
According to the report, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, the Edo PDP governorship aspirant who filed the court case, is Wike’s ally.
“As a result of this senseless accusation, I have pulled out of Edo State settlement,” Wike said, “My integrity matters”.
“The Governors of Edo, Adamawa, and Delta states, know what I have done to resolve the issues in Edo state.
“I am brought up not to accept injustice, and that is why I keep speaking out on national issues. Nobody in PDP can intimidate Rivers State.
“Nobody can threaten me because I said things must be done constitutionally. I will always continue to satisfy my conscience.”
Wike claimed some members of the PDP National Working Committee were behind the newspaper article.
“They are tax collectors. Let them challenge me and I will come out with more facts,” he said, adding that he has asked his lawyers to write to the paper.
“Nobody will rubbish me by raising false accusations against me. I will fight back.
“I will no longer participate in any reconciliation and I wonder why the NWC now wants to consult Governors of the party.”