By Boye Ajayi
Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, says Edo Gov. Godwin Obaseki, who was on September 19 re-elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, is free to return to his former party, the All Progressives Congress “if he feels the PDP is not working for him”.
The governor said this on Channels TV on Friday which was monitored by Persecond News.
Obaseki had defected from the APC to the PDP in June 2020 after a long battle with his predecessor and former National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole.
He defeated APC’s Osagie Ize-iyamu in the September 19 governorship election.
Wike, who was the chairman of the PDP campaign council for the Edo State governorship election, was asked what he would do if Obaseki leaves the PDP for the APC following his victory.
In his response, Wike said : “I don’t want to discuss something that is not going to be possible. However, assuming it happens, so what? That is politics.
“If the governor believes that the PDP is no longer a party for him to actualise his vision and his mission, there is nothing wrong, but I don’t believe that it is going to happen because the governor has consistently told us that there is no way he will leave the PDP. If he leaves the PDP, people in Edo State will not be happy.
“And he is somebody I have that trust in that he will not leave the party. This is a party that clothed him. This is a party that when it was raining, gave him an umbrella.”