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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has tendered an apology to the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, for backing the re-election of Godwin Obaseki as governor of Edo State.
Wike stated this while speaking at the inauguration of the Rumuepirikom flyover in Obio-Akpoe Local Government Area, LGA, of the State on Wednesday, noting that he is now close friends with Oshiomhole.
The Rivers state governor had supported Obaseki’s re-election in 2020 after the Edo governor cross carpeted to the PDP following his fallout with Oshiomhole, his former ally.
However, Obaseki has been at loggerheads with Wike in recent times and do not appear to be in good terms at the moment.
Wike while referring to Oshiomhole during the inauguration said he has learned his lessons from the deeds of the past.
He said, “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.”
Wike also made a reference to the 2019 elections, adding that Oshiomhole and the APC challenged him in Rivers at the time.
He added, “Now, we’re friends. Let bygones be bygones.”