Oshiomhole Dumped Khaki For Safari with Diamond Buttons – Wike Taunts
- Wike says he has lost the support of his governors
- why he stopped attending the National Economic Council meetings
- Oshiomhole trying to make himself a godfather in Edo
- Trying to unseat Obaseki because he doesn’t take instruction from him
The governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike has taken a punch at the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole over his stands on Supreme Court ruling in Bayelsa State.
Oshiomhole had kicked against the ruling, describing it as an attempt to impose an unpopular governor on the peoples of Bayelsa.
Reacting, Wike described Oshiomhole as a man who has dumped his “ordinary Khaki” and adopted “safari with diamonds buttons”
Wike was referring to Oshiomhole as a man who worked in the textile and his sudden wealth.
“Oshiomhole claimed he was a unionist. He said he worked in the textile industry. Mention one man who works in the textile industry and is as rich as Oshiomhole today. He used to wear ordinary Khaki, today he wears Safari with diamond buttons,” Wike said during a press conference in Port Harcourt.
Safari is made from expensive fabric and mostly used by those who are very rich, while Khaki is a cloth made from wool or cotton.
The APC Chairman had always adopted Khaki during his days as the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) until he became the governor of Edo State.
Meanwhile, Wike has been in the news since the ruling by the Supreme court which unseated David Lyon of the APC and replaced him with the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri.
Wike had advised Oshiomhole to stay off the issue in Bayelsa State and Oshiomhole reacted by describing the governor as a violent politician.
While at a press conference in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike said Oshiomhole ought to have accepted the ruling whether good or bad.
“Oshiomhole cannot destabilise this country… who the hell is Oshiomhole to say that nobody can be sworn in when the Supreme Court has made a pronouncement?” he asked.
The governor also asked Oshiomhole to resign his post, describing him as a man with a character no one should connect with.
He also taunts Oshiomhole, saying he has driven the party into needless crisis and has lost the support of many of his party governors.#
“Because of people like Oshiomhole and his style of leadership, his party lost so many areas they ought not to have lost. What made them not to have candidates in Rivers State and Zamfara, it is because of Oshiomhole. Oshiomhole led to the problem they have in Bayelsa,” he said.
Wike also accused Oshiomhole of attempting to make himself a godfather in Edo State after his claims to have fought them.
“Oshiomhole said he fought godfatherism and at the same time, he wants to install himself as a godfather in Edo State. Why is he fighting Obaseki because the man doesn’t take instructions from him? He (Oshiomhole) preaches what he doesn’t practice,” he said.
“He was taught a lesson in Rivers, a bitter lesson and I want to repeat, if you come to steal our mandate, the people will respond accordingly. They will oppose your stealing of their mandate. So, Oshiomhole thinks that because he is in the ruling party, nobody should say anything or do anything. You may be closer to the President and that is not the way to retain your position as Chairman of the party because Oshiomhole doesn’t have the support of most of the Governors because of his style of leadership.”
Wike said he stopped attending the National Economic Council meeting due to Oshiomhole constant attack on Goodluck Jonathan, even after he had, at a time, praised Jonathan at Aso Rock for ensuring a credible election that made him governor in Edo State.
“When Jonathan left office, one of the reasons why I didn’t go to NEC meeting was because of Oshiomhole when he was a member. When Jonathan left, there was no day at the NEC meeting Oshiomhole would not bring Jonathan down,” he said.
“Meanwhile, this was the same man Oshiomhole went to praise for allowing ‘one man, one vote’. But when the man (Jonathan) left, Oshiomhole changed. That is his character.”