Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has denied funding the re-election campaign of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
The Rivers State governor said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Friday.
He said the Edo State governor already had enough money to execute his campaign.
“What resources could I have deployed? He is a sitting governor. What resources can I give him that he does not have?” he asked.
Speaker further the Rivers governor stated that Obaseki is free to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) if he feels the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not working for him.
Wike, however, said the Edo State governor must never forget that he was given an umbrella when he was left in the cold.
He 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.”
The Rivers governor also downplayed the role in getting Obaseki re-elected for a second term.
According to him, he only acted as the chairman of the campaign council, presented strategies and gave guidance.
Wike said it would be wrong of anyone to give him the glory when others like Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, played their roles.