The ongoing clash between the Governor of Rivers State,
Nyesom Wike, and the National Chairman of the All
Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, continued on
Saturday when the governor described the party chairman
as a man without character.
Oshiomhole had, after the Supreme Court judgment that
gave the Peoples Democratic Party victory in the Bayelsa
State governorship election on Thursday, stated that nobody
would be sworn in the South-South state the following day.
But the swearing-in held amid protests and violence,
leading to declaration of a three-day curfew in the state.
Wike also dismissed Oshiomhole’s claim that he (Wike) was
a violent politician, adding that the APC national chairman’s
bitterness stemmed from the fact that he and his political
party were stopped from stealing the mandate of Rivers
Wike had in his response accused Oshiomhole of trying to
cause trouble in the Niger Delta region with his utterances,
adding that the Federal Government should caution him.
Apparently dissatisfied with Wike’s reaction, Oshiomhole on
Friday described the governor as a violent politician, who
was trying to use the situation in Bayelsa to ingratiate
himself with the PDP and the immediate past governor of
the state, Seriake Dickson.
But in his fresh response on Saturday, Wike, who spoke in
an interview at the Government House in Port Harcourt,
called for the resignation of Oshiomhole in view of his
failure to stop the inauguration of Bayelsa State Governor,
Douye Diri, as he earlier boasted.
Wike added, “I think Oshiomhole as the National Chairman
of the All Progressives Congress is not a character that
anybody should associate with.
“First of all, I have never been violent and I will never be
violent. However, when you see an armed robber come to
your house, will you plead with the armed robber and say
please, I beg you, leave my house.
“People think that armed robbers are only those who cart
away people’s money. The worst form of armed robbery is
when you steal people’s mandate and just like what
Oshiomhole is noted for. He thinks because he’s in the
ruling party, he can use security to steal the mandate of the
He was taught a lesson; a bitter lesson and I want to
repeat, if you come to steal our mandate, the people will
respond accordingly. They will oppose your stealing of their
mandate. So, Oshiomhole thinks that because he is in the
ruling party, nobody should say anything or do anything.”
The governor said he stopped attending the National
Economic Council meeting because Oshiomhole turned the
forum into an avenue to bash former President Goodluck
Jonathan, even when he had gone to praise Jonathan at
Aso Villa for ensuring credible elections that made him
governor of Edo State at the time.
He said, “When Jonathan left office, one of the reasons why
I didn’t go to NEC meeting was because of Oshiomhole
when he was a member. When Jonathan left, there was no
day at the NEC meeting Oshiomhole would not bring
Jonathan down.
Meanwhile, this was the same man Oshiomhole went to
praise for allowing ‘one man, one vote’. But when the man
(Jonathan) left, Oshiomhole changed. That is his character.”
The governor also accused the party chairman of trying to
install himself as a godfather to Governor Godwin Obaseki
of Edo State, adding that Obaseki’s refusal was the reason
for the disagreement between them.
He added, “Oshiomhole said he fought godfatherism and at
the same time, he wants to install himself as a godfather in
Edo State. Why is he fighting Obaseki because the man
doesn’t take instructions from him? He (Oshiomhole)
preaches what he doesn’t practise.”
Wike declared that he remained a strong and unrepentant
member of the PDP, adding that speaking out his mind at all
times did not question his membership of the party.
He added, “I will not be a member of their party. I have
always been a member of PDP and they know that.
Oshiomhole knows that his party did not even score up to
25 per cent in my state. He cannot not tell me that.”

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