Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has said he is no longer interested in reconciling members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State ahead of the party’s governorship party in the state.
Governor Wike made the declaration on Twitter on Tuesday in reaction to a report in a major newspaper, which accused him of preventing Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, from securing the PDP’s ticket at the governorship primary scheduled for Thursday.
The report published on Tuesday’s edition of the newspaper entitled: ‘With a Friend Like Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’s Waterloo; Almost’, alleged a nexus between the Rivers State Governor and the ruling by a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State, which on Monday barred Governor Obaseki from participating in the primary.
Governor Wike lamented that such a story was sponsored against him despite enduring sleepless nights to resolve the issue in Edo State.
The Rivers State Governor described the report as a “senseless accusation”, saying that the report was written against him because he has insisted that the political situation in Edo State must be handled constitutionally, with all stakeholders involved in the process.
Holding a copy of the newspaper, he claimed that said some members of the PDP National Working Committee, who he called “tax collectors” were behind the story.
“They said because an order was obtained from a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, then I am responsible.
“I have had sleepless nights to resolve the issue in Edo state. The Governors of Edo, Adamawa, and Delta states, know what I have done to resolve the issues in Edo state.
“As a result of this senseless accusation, I have pulled out of Edo State settlement. My integrity matters,” Governor Wike tweeted.
The governor also said he has instructed his lawyers to write to the newspaper over an allegation levelled against him in the report.
He tweeted: “I have also directed my lawyer to write ThisDay Newspaper on the publication they made against me in their Tuesday,23rd June, 2020 edition.
“I know the members of the National Working Committee of PDP who connived with ThisDay. They are tax collectors. Let them challenge me and I will come out with more facts.
“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.”
Governor Wike warned the PDP that if it does not handle its internal matters properly, the party may experience a crisis which would the current one faced by the All Progressives Congress (APC) “a child’s play”.
“From now on, I want to concentrate on the development of Rivers State,” the governor added.