Wike dumps Obaseki, pulls out of move to reconcile Edo PDP, threatens to sue ThisDay

Wike dumps Obaseki, pulls out of move to reconcile Edo PDP, threatens to sue ThisDay

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced he would no longer be playing a part in resolving the rift in the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Equally important, the crisis is jeopardizing the chances of Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki in contesting the primary election.

Further, Wike has threatened to sue ThisDay Newspapers for allegedly libellous claims made against him.

1st News reports that Obaseki had switched to the PDP after dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). His move last week was an attempt to actualize his ambition of contesting for a second term as governor after the APC disqualified him from contesting the primary on its platform.

However, a rift has emerged after the Edo PDP granted Obaseki a waiver to contest its primary election; leading to a court action seeking to nullify his candidacy.

Meanwhile, Wike who has been involved in moves to resolve the crisis; has accused some members of the National Working Committee of the PDP of attempting to blackmail him. Subsequently, he has disclosed his decision to wash his hands off the matter.

Wike made his decision on Tuesday in Port Harcourt.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim.

‘‘I told them that in Edo State, we must handle the issue carefully and carry everybody along. They must respect human beings and not behave like tax collectors. They said because an order was obtained from a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, then I am responsible.

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‘‘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. 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.’’

Furthermore, Wike who slammed the PDP NWC, warned that the party may be headed for an intractable crisis.

‘‘I will no longer participate in any reconciliation and I wonder why the NWC now wants to consult Governors of the party.  Why did the NWC not consult with Governors in the case of Bayelsa State? If PDP is not careful, the crisis in the All Progressive Congress (APC) would be a child’s play.

‘‘I am brought up not to accept injustice…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.

‘’From now on, I want to concentrate on the development of Rivers State,’’ he declared.

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