Godwin Obaseki
Godwin Obaseki- Edo State Governor

Don’t be a bully, Obaseki Tells Wike

Governor of Edo, , has advised his Rivers counterpart, , to “show respect” to party members.

Both Obaseki and Wike are governors who run on the Peoples Democratic Party platform ().

Wike’s remark about his deputy, Philip Shaibu, prompted the Edo governor to respond.

Wike slammed Shaibu for threatening the PDP on television while speaking at an event in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

Shaibu had said on a Channels Television show that if the PDP continues to treat him and Obaseki like outcasts, he and Obaseki may leave the party.

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The remark irritated Wike, who claimed that the PDP gave Obaseki and Shaibu the party’s ticket after the All Progressives Congress (APC) denied them during the 2020 state election.

Wike stated that he has written to the national leadership of the party to discipline the deputy governor for the remark.

In a statement that he personally signed in response to the development, Obaseki stated that his deputy “at no point threatened the party,” as the Rivers governor claimed.

“His Excellency, Governor of , Rt. Hon. Nyesom Wike’s recent personal attacks against my Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, are, to put it mildly, most unfortunate and totally uncalled for,” the statement reads.

“If Governor Wike wanted to show respect and courtesy to his fellow governors, he would have reached out to me to express his concerns about my deputy governor’s views, rather than launching this unwarranted public assault.”

“My deputy governor was a former National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), and his comment encapsulates the spirit of the country’s youth, who are willing to speak out and challenge the status quo.” How can Governor Wike aspire to lead the Nigerian youth if he doesn’t understand and respond appropriately to their style and character?

“His Excellency, Governor Wike, should have learned from the way our party’s National Chairman, Sen. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, responded to my deputy’s remarks as a conscientious leader capable of showing empathy and consideration.”

“My deputy governor’s concerns bordered on pertinent issues affecting the PDP in , which has been able to register over 500,000 members since the September 19th 2020 elections, and these new members have not been properly integrated into our party after two years.” Also, the leaders, executives, and members who joined the party with me have yet to be accepted, integrated, or harmonised.”

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Wike was accused by Obaseki of working with a “cabal” led by Dan Orbih to “orchestrate the party’s destabilisation” in Edo.

“It is important to remember that a political solution resulted in Chief Dan Orbih’s emergence as Acting and then Substantive National Vice Chairman, South South, of our party, when Chief Emma Odidi resigned to allow Chief Orbih to ascend. “It’s thus puzzling why this type of political solution is no longer viable in resolving the political impasse in Edo State PDP,” he said.

“We can categorically state that the deputy governor never threatened the party in his remarks, as Governor Wike has claimed.” Governor Wike, on the other hand, has threatened the PDP on several occasions.

Don’t be a bully, Obaseki Tells Wike

In a statement that he personally signed in response to the development, Obaseki stated that his deputy “at no point threatened the party,” as the Rivers governor claimed.

“His Excellency, Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Nyesom Wike’s recent personal attacks against my Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, are, to put it mildly, most unfortunate and totally uncalled for,” the statement reads.

“If Governor Wike wanted to show respect and courtesy to his fellow governors, he would have reached out to me to express his concerns about my deputy governor’s views, rather than launching this unwarranted public assault.”

“My deputy governor was a former National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), and his comment encapsulates the spirit of the country’s youth, who are willing to speak out and challenge the status quo.” How can Governor Wike aspire to lead the Nigerian youth if he doesn’t understand and respond appropriately to their style and character?

“His Excellency, Governor Wike, should have learned from the way our party’s National Chairman, Sen. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, responded to my deputy’s remarks as a conscientious leader capable of showing empathy and consideration.”

“My deputy governor’s concerns bordered on pertinent issues affecting the PDP in Edo State, which has been able to register over 500,000 members since the September 19th 2020 elections, and these new members have not been properly integrated into our party after two years.” Also, the leaders, executives, and members who joined the party with me have yet to be accepted, integrated, or harmonised.”

Wike was accused by Obaseki of working with a “cabal” led by Dan Orbih to “orchestrate the party’s destabilisation” in Edo.

“It is important to remember that a political solution resulted in Chief Dan Orbih’s emergence as Acting and then Substantive National Vice Chairman, South South, of our party, when Chief Emma Odidi resigned to allow Chief Orbih to ascend. “It’s thus puzzling why this type of political solution is no longer viable in resolving the political impasse in Edo State PDP,” he said.

“We can categorically state that the deputy governor never threatened the party in his remarks, as Governor Wike has claimed.” Governor Wike, on the other hand, has threatened the PDP on several occasions.

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