Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said the victory of his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, is the sweetest electoral victory he has witnessed.
He said this on Wednesday when Obaseki and his deputy went paid him a thank you visit in the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike urged Obaseki to forgive his political opponents, saying it is the only way to move the party forward and move Nigeria forward.
“I did not want division. I insisted that it will be good we are all together. This will make it easy to go into the electoral battle and win.
“I thank you, my brother, Obaseki for carrying everybody along in the party. Edo people are also looking up to you,” he said.
“Forgive everybody. Forgive your political opponents. I am happy that today, South-South is under one political party. This will make for integration. We can speak with one voice in moving Nigeria forward. This is the sweetest electoral victory I have ever witnessed.”
Obaseki, in his reamrks, thanked Wike for his role in his re-election.
“I want to thank Edo people for their doggedness and determination in ensuring that their votes counted and the will of the people achieved.
“The victory in the September 19 poll was made possible by God and God used the people as an instrument to actualise my second term ambition,” he said.
“After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes, and gave me food to eat.
“It was in this house, the Campaign Council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won.
“It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen.”
Obaseki defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and other candidates to emerge Governor for a second term.