The overt move to make Gov. Godwin Obaseki the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the upcoming governorship election in Edo State has fuelled the crisis between Gov Nyesom Wike and the party National Working Committee, NWC.
The move has been met with resistance by some of the members on ground, particularly an aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who went on to get an injunction banning the governor from participating in the primary.
Wike in a statement his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim released, launched a broadside against the roles some PDP NWC members have assumed in the ongiong political horse-trading that characterised the plot to enthrone new entrant, Obaseki, as the party candidate by the leadership.
The Rivers governor said he had expected the party leadership to handle the situation gingerly but is disappointed by alleged roughshod treatments meted to some of its members in the state.
The statement read in part: “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.
“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.
“Nobody will rubbish me by raising false accusations against me. I will fight back.”