The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, said he would no longer be part of the effort to get Governor Godwin Obaseki secure the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.
The party is holding its primary in Edo on Thursday. Governor Obaseki had earlier been deprived of the privilege to win at the APC primaries which made him opt for the opposition party where he has enemies who are not willing to step down for him to be the party flag bearer.
Some PDP governorship aspirants in Edo State have insisted they would not step down for Mr Obaseki who defected to the party a few days ago after he was disqualified by his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) from taking part in its primary.
One of the PDP aspirants has filed a case in court, seeking to bar the embattled Edo governor from contesting the PDP primary.
Mr Wike stated on Twitter on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from Mr Obaseki’s case because of some “senseless accusation” made against him in ThisDay newspaper.
Mr Wike posted a photo of himself brandishing a copy of ThisDay newspaper with a banner headline, ‘With a Friend Like Wike, Obaseki Meets His PDP’s Waterloo; Almost’.
The story, published on Tuesday, alleges a connection between Mr Wike and the moves to use a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to stop Mr Obaseki from participating in the Edo PDP primary.
The report said Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, the Edo PDP governorship aspirant who filed the court case, is Mr Wike’s ally.
“As a result of this senseless accusation, I have pulled out of Edo State settlement,” Mr Wike said on Tuesday via his personal Twitter handle @GovWike. “My integrity matters”