During the visit, Governor Wike who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) endorsed the candidature of Obi and in return, Obi endorsed the PDP governorship candidate in the state.
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has said that while in Port Harcourt, River State capital on Thursday, he was never informed that his party’s governorship candidate in the state was sick.
Obi stated this on Saturday while tendering an apology to Mrs Beatrice Itubo, the Rivers State governorship candidate of the Labour Party over his failure to visit her on her sickbed.
Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed had on the invitation of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, visited the state on Thursday where they were warmly received for the inauguration of the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover.
During the visit, Governor Wike who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) endorsed the candidature of Obi and in return, Obi endorsed the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Siminalaye Fubara.
The former Anambra State governor was however not only criticized for endorsing the candidate of the opposition party in Rivers State, he was accused of shunning the Labour Party’s governorship candidate in the state who is said to have been sick for the past two weeks.
Itubo has reportedly been sick for two weeks after she was involved in a domestic accident and has been on crutches as she recuperates from what looks like a sprained ankle.
Apologising to Itubo for his failure to visit her during his stay in the state, Obi said, “My sincere apologies to Mrs Beatrice Itubo, the Labour Party candidate in Rivers State for an inadvertent oversight. When I visited Port Harcourt a few days back, I was not informed or aware of her sickness.
“On arrival in PH, I was welcomed by the Labour Party Presidential State Coordinator in Rivers State and other Party stakeholders. We had a useful meeting and I explained to them the purpose of my visit, which was to respectfully honour an invitation by the Rivers State Government and that I will return for our party's rally and other LP engagements soon.
“No one mentioned that our candidate was sick, otherwise I would have visited her before or after the event. I had committed to passing through the campaign office no matter how late, and that I did at about 6.30pm.
“My dear sister, I sincerely wish you a very quick recovery and reassure you of our good working relationship. May God Almighty bless you always.”