The governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has attributed what he described as his outstanding performance as a governor to the three developmental secrets handed over to him by former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili.
Speaking during a State Banquet to mark the 70th Birthday of Dr. Peter Odili in Port Harcourt on Wednesday night, Governor Wike said that the guidelines handed over to him, gave him greater insights into the complexities of Rivers State from a Rivers leader.
“Everything the former Rivers State 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,” Governor Wike said.
The governor said that no politician could take him unawares because he had studied the Odili template and applied it dutifully.
He urged the former Rivers State Governor to forgive all his political sons who betrayed and abandoned him, so that the Odili political family can re-unite for the good of the state.
“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. Peter Odili,” he said.
Commenting on Dr. Peter Odili at 70, Governor Wike said the former Rivers State Governor supported his emergence as the State Chief Executive, noting that he has always provided selfless support.
Governor Wike said that the Odili family had been good to him and his wife. He said nobody would intimidate him into abandoning the family. He traced his first contact to the Odili family to the period when alongside his wife, they did court attachment at Justice Mary Odili’s court.
He said his national popularity was traceable to Dr Odili who introduced him to the Founder of AIT, Chief Raymond Dokpesi who detailed a reporter to cover him as the Minister of State for Education.
In his remarks, former Rivers State Governor, Dr. Peter Odili, announced that he had forgiven all his estranged political children who offended him.
Dr Odili stated that his 70th Birthday celebration had the significance of his official handover to his successor.
The former Rivers State Governor said that Governor Wike had turned a new leaf in the creation of a new Rivers State and urged the Rivers State Governor to remain focused in developing the bridges of unity in a pluralistic state.