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Wike, Umahi Team Up

After what seemed like intractable differences resulting in name calling and a lot of bad blood, Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike, and his Ebonyi State counterpart, Engr. Dave Umahi, have reconciled and decided to team up. They made up over the weekend at Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Even though the details are sketchy, Umahi was overheard saying that “blood is thicker than water”.

The reconciliation, which has taken political observers by surprise, was consummated when Umahi paid a nocturnal visit to Wike at his private residence in the Garden City on Saturday, June 17, 2022.

Governor Umahi arrived on what he called “a friendly and brotherly” visit at 9pm.

It was Umahi’s first meeting with Wike after the former dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the federal-ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following an alleged dissatisfaction with the main opposition party.

Umahi’s defection had stirred anger in Wike, a pillar of PDP.

The duo had been good friends before the departure of Umahi to APC set them at each other’s throats.

Incidentally, both contested the presidential primaries of their parties but lost, after which rumours of Wike’s allegedly impending defection started making the rounds – which he has, however, dismissed, pledging his allegiance to PDP. The rumours resurfaced after Wike was dropped at the last minute by PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who chose Delta State Governor Ifenyi Okowa as his running mate for the 2023 election.

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