The re-elected governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has expressed gratitude to his counterpart of the Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike for the role he played in his re-election.
Recall that Obaseki has been recently re-elected in the governorship elections that took place on Sep 19, to serve as governor of the state for another term of four years. The governor secured another term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to him, Wike clothed and fed him when he was pushed out of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It would be further recalled that the governor of Rivers State was one of the first people who met Obaseki shortly after he was denied a ticket in the APC to contest for his re-election. It is believed that Wike is one of the people who convinced Governor Obaseki to defect to the PDP where he got the party’s ticket to contest for his re-election in the just concluded Edo governorship race.
According to Obaseki, the strategy that led to his victory was formulated at the Rivers State Government House. “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,” he said.
On his part, the governor of Rivers state also expressed gratitude to Obaseki for availing himself and standing firm. “Our work would have been difficult if he did not make himself available. I cannot support a lily-hearted person. Governor Obaseki was firm.
“It is not easy to fight godfatherism. But he has the interest of Edo people at heart. Together, we have conquered it. I thank you, my brother, Obaseki for carrying everybody along in the party, stated Wike.
Moreover, the Rivers governor also said Obaseki’s victory is the sweetest he has ever tasted, noting that the six states in the South-South are now under the same political party.