Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has apologised to former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, admitting his regrets over working for the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
Recall on the support of Wike and some PDP chieftains, Obaseki clinched the PDP ticket after the APC showed him the way out amid a feud with Oshiomhole, his predecessor.
Following Obaseki’s exit from the APC, Oshiomhole pitched his tent with Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who was the party’s flagbearer.
Ize-Iyamu was Obaseki’s opponent in 2016 when Oshiomhole was leaving office as governor after two terms.
APC then set out to ensure Obaseki never got reelected into the State House as governor with the PDP appointing Wike Chairman of its governorship campaign to see to it that Obaseki emerged winner in the poll.
At the end of the election season, Obaseki was reelected as the governor of Edo state.
Speaking when he paid a visit to Wike after his victory, Obaseki had said, “After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes and gave me food to eat. It was in this house, the campaign council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won. It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen.”
However, events transpired after then and the duo have their backs now turn against each other.
While Oshiomhole commissioned the Rumuepirikom Flyover in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers on Wednesday, Wike said he would not have worked for Obaseki.
Looking towards the direction of Oshiomhole, Wike said, “We are now friends, let bygones be bygones.”