The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has apologised to former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for supporting the re-election of Godwin Obaseki as Governor of Edo State.
His apology was delivered on Wednesday when Oshiomhole was in Rivers to inaugurate the Rumuepirikom Flyover in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.
Wike led the national PDP’s efforts to get Obaseki re-elected in 2020, after Obaseki quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the PDP when he fell out with Oshiomhole, his political godfather turned enemy.
However, Wike and Obaseki publicly traded words in 2022 over internal affairs of the PDP, causing the Rivers governor to call his Edo counterpart an “ingrate”.
Addressing Oshiomhole at the inauguration, Wike said he learnt from the past.
“I use this opportunity to apologise to you. I came to Edo state to make sure your candidate didn’t win election. And I was virtually in charge, every day, coming out on television to take you on.
“I said you will not win and you didn’t win. That assignment has been done and we now know who is who.
“I want to tell my people and sincerely apologise to you. You know, each time you learn. People will praise you when you do for them. The day you say ‘no, you’re wrong’, they begin to say all sorts of things.
“I’m sure those of them in my party before cannot say anything without mentioning Wike. But because I said let the right thing be done, let agreement be agreement, I have now become a nobody, an enemy — these are people who are praising me morning and night,” the Rivers governor said.
He urged Oshiomhole to let “bygones be bygones”.