The war of words between Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, has shown no sign of abating after the Imo helmsmen accused his colleague of contributing to the near collapse of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Uzodinma had earlier accused Wike and some other unknown persons of orchestrating the removal of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The Rivers State governor later fired back and accused Uzodinma of wrong insinuations.
He said: “It is unfortunate that Senator Hope Uzodinma will have the temerity to make that false allegation. Uzodinma was an APC agent while he was in PDP. APC used him as an agent to support Ali Modu Sheriff, but they failed.”
However, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachukwu, the Imo State governor blasted his Rivers State counterpart for “arrogating to himself the strength he does not have.”
The statement read: “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 know 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 trivializing serious issues of national and international importance will bring accolades his way.
“If Governor Wike did not have a hand in the Oshiomhole saga, why insult innocent Governor Uzodinma whose only crime 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 when 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 of 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.”