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Wike apologises again to Oshiomhole over Obaseki

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In his speech, Oshiomhole lauded Wike for the many “beautiful projects” in Rivers, saying results don’t lie.

By Jeffrey Agbo

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday apologised again to the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, over Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Wike apologised to Oshiomhole during the commissioning of Rumuepirikom Flyover in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers. Oshiomhole commissioned the flyover.

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Wike said, “I use this opportunity to apologise to you. I came to Edo State to make sure your candidate didn’t win election. I said you won’t win and you didn’t win. That assignment has been done and we now know who is who. We are now friends, let bygones be bygones.”

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In his speech, Oshiomhole lauded Wike for the many “beautiful projects” in Rivers, saying results don’t lie.

According to him, executive exchanges have a way of communicating to the people that political divide is not war.

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“I listened to you (Wike) attentively and you said Peter Obi is coming tomorrow. I want to congratulate you for that because I also invited Peter Obi when I was governor and those executive exchanges have a way of communicating to our people that political divide is not war,” he stated.

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Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor between 2008 and 2016, handed over to Obaseki who was then a member of the APC.

The two men, however, fell apart due to intra-party squabbles and Obaseki couldn’t secure APC ticket to return to office in 2020.

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Obaseki moved to PDP and joined forces with Wike. He subsequently got the PDP’s governorship ticket and defeated APC candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu who was backed by Oshiomhole and other APC stalwarts including former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari.

But Obaseki’s struggle for control over Edo PDP has led to discord between him and Wike.

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