Worried that the decision of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to pull out of the reconciliation efforts of the Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) might affect his chances, Governor Godwin Obaseki has approached former President Goodluck Jonathan to save the situation.
Some of the party’s governorship aspirants had vowed not to step down for Obaseki who recently defected to the PDP after he was disqualified by his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike on Tuesday announced that he was no longer participating in any reconciliation effort in Edo PDP, blaming his decision on some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), who he labelled as sycophants and tax collectors.
Some member of the party’s NWC had accused Wike of being behind an alleged Federal High Court injunction stopping Obaseki from participating in the PDP primary scheduled for Thursday.
According to Wike, instead of the NWC to carry everyone along in Edo state, the members resorted to using the media to blackmail him, even when he had been making frantic efforts to resolve the issue.
Wike’s decision to pull out of the reconciliation was said to have rattled Obaseki and his supporters because he believed Wike is a powerful force in the PDP and must be taking seriously.
Although he had called Wike to plead with him to rescind his decision, Obaseki had further reached out to Jonathan to prevail and pacify Wike.
Inside sources within the camp of Obaseki revealed that the Governor had initiated several telephone conversations with Jonathan, which had proved useful in the peace efforts.