The war of words between the governors of Edo, Adams Oshiomhole, and Rivers, Nyesom Wike, escalated on Friday with Oshiomhole dismissing Wike as one who “cannot muster the courage to be called a man” in the circle of governance when he has been unable to pay the salaries and emoluments of civil servants.
Oshiomhole asked Wike to spend the resources of Rivers people on its workers instead of squandering it in propping up the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who is “bound to lose.”
“The last time we visited Rivers State, we were appalled by the plights of Rivers workers whose lamentations Governor Wike has consistently ignored,” Oshiomhole said in a statement signed by the state’s information commissioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua.
Last Wednesday, Wike described Oshiomhole as a liar and dramatic person. “What will his children say when they see him behave like that?” Wike said when he hosted the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Rivers State.
The Rivers governor was responding to accusations by Oshiomhole that he donated N2 billion to the Edo PDP candidate and was sponsoring militants to disrupt the forthcoming election in the state.
Oshiomhole however said in his response that Wike is a noisemaker causing “further pollution in a Rivers environment that was already degraded.”
“Even though Edo State is not as economically viable as Rivers State, we do not only pay our workers salaries, we have since increased our workers minimum wages from N18,000 to N25,000. That this salary increase is happening at a time when Governor Wike is lamenting over paucity of funds should explain in greater details our uncommon creativity and prudent management of resources,” he said.
“Rather than waste Rivers people’s money, keep Rivers people’s money for them. He should be reminded that Edo voters are not gullible like voters elsewhere and their level of sophistication would make the September 28th election a smooth sail for the All Progressives Congress. It is our responsibility to caution Governor Wike before he exports his gangsterism to Edo State.”