Uzodinma, Wike’ war of words gets messier
By Buchi Iwuji, Owerri
There seems to be a total love lost between Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, following a recent utterance attributed to the former, where he said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and characters like Wike were instrumental to the attempted plot to remove the national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Governor Uzodinma had also advised Wike to think before he talks on political matters, particularly as they concern the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) he pretends to love more than other members of the party.
These statements, it was gathered, did not go down well with Gov. Wike, who in retaliation, berated Uzodinma on a national television, thereby, leading to war of words between the two governors.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to Governor Uzodinma, Oguwike Nwachuku, Governor Uzodinma said that Governor Wike arrogates to himself the strength he does not have, going by the way he talks.
“There is no better way to pin Governor Wike down to the recent crisis rocking the APC and its national chairman than the careless way he spoke against Governor Uzodinma, who obviously was echoing what many already knew about Wike and his type of politics.
“Is it not unfortunate that Governor Wike pretends to have a court injunction on how to speak carelessly; the reason many erstwhile members of the PDP, including founding members, had abandoned the party, which is about to collapse on Wike’s head.
“Rather than engage in some kind of introspection on what went wrong with his party, Governor Wike thinks that trivialising serious issues of national and international importance would bring accolades his way,” the CPS lamented.
He went further to stress that if Governor Wike did not have a hand in the Oshiomhole removal saga, why would he insult Governor Uzodinma, whose only crime, he noted, was that he brought Wike’s mischief tendencies to the fore for everyone to see.
“Governor Wike pretends to love the judiciary more than anyone else, but the truth is that every opportunity he gets to stand the judiciary on the head, he does so with relish.
“Mr. Governor, your interest in the attempted removal of the national chairman of the APC is legion and you know it. Unlike most of you, Governor Uzodinma does not talk much and whenever he does, it is not frivolous. Stop pretending because that has been the lot of characters like you that did the PDP in and ready to bury it finally.
“Governor Uzodinma has an idea why you are badly hurt. You have the right to be hurt anyway. However, because you are Mr. Know All, you still cannot imagine how Governor Uzodinma has reduced yourself acclaimed political wisdom to ignorance.
“Governor Uzodinma believes in the rule of law like the APC, and has not hidden his respect for the judiciary as a critical organ for national development and survival of Nigeria’s democracy.
“If Governor Uzodinma were to be you, he would not have followed through all the processes he painstakingly adopted to emerge the governor of Imo State on Januray 14, 2020, and reaffirmed governor on March 3, 2020, after you worked so hard to truncate the judgment of the Supreme Court.
“But unfortunately, you have continued to denigrate the Supreme Court that adjudicated over Governor Uzodinma’s case by carelessly and arrogantly describing the ruling of the Apex Court as synonymous with fraud. I do hope you know the implications?
“By saying that Governor Uzodinma’s APC is not a political party, and that it is an assemblage of strange bed fellows, you have not said anything new from what you have been saying since 2015, when the PDP lost out of power, but one would have thought that the narrative would have changed in 2019, yet, your party lost. Is it high time you changed strategy on what you have been saying for nearly five years now.
“Make no mistake about it, there is nothing in your kitty you are threatening to tell the world about Governor Uzodinma for stating the obvious about your party that can be worse than what they know about you and your party,” Oguwike said.