- Nyesom Wike hosted a banquet in honour of former governor Peter Odili
- He urged the former governor to forgive those that betrayed him
- Wike said Odili helped him to be a successful governor
The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has called on his predecessor, Peter Odili to forgive the politicians that have betrayed him.
Vanguard reports that Wike spoke on Thursday, August 16 at a state banquet in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, to mark Odili’s 70th birthday.
Wike called on the former governor to forgive “his political sons who betrayed and abandoned him” through the years.
He said: “Whoever has annoyed or betrayed you, forgive them. When you have 20 children, leave room for rebels. Since 1999, nobody has been key in the politics of Rivers State without being directly or indirectly linked to Dr Odili.”
The Rivers governor said he owed his success as a governor to a three point developmental secret that Odili handed over to him.
He said: “Everything the former Rivers governor told me in his guidelines has played out. I am successful because I followed religiously the items on the guidelines to rapidly develop Rivers State. I don’t have high blood pressure because I was fully prepared. I know each local government area because I took the advice from a man who was there.
“From the guidelines I received from Dr Odili, I can easily predict appointees who will stay and those who will leave. By their steps you can determine their next move.”
Odili in his reaction commended Wike for his loyalty saying he had forgiven all those who betrayed him.
He said: “I have forgiven. I will attempt to command my mind to forget. I will grant conscience amnesty to those whose conscience have told them that they offended me
“Today, I feel I am properly handing over to my successor.”
Meanwhile, a former governor of Kano state and current senator, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers as reports indicate that the former is eyeing the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of 2019.
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Kwankwaso, who recently left the APC and joined the PDP, visited Wike late Monday, August 14. Both leaders held a meeting with Kwankwaso declaring that Wike deserved to be reelected in 2019.
NAIJ.com, however, understands that Kwankwaso was in the state on a condolence visit on Governor Wike over the death of the attorney general of Rivers state, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN).
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