ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has gifted a multi-million naira house to ex-Governor Peter Odili on his 74th birthday.
Odili governed Rivers state between 1999 to 2007 when Wike served as Chairman, Obi Akpor Local Government Area.
Celebrating Odili at a ceremony organized by the Rivers State Government to commemorate the 74th birthday anniversary in Port Harcourt on Monday, Wike praised the former Governor for the role he played in his emergence as Governor of Rivers.
He said Odili had beforehand enlightened him on the possible outcome of his ambition and prepared his mind ahead of time for a likely betrayal by allies.
Wike also said he was not surprised at the happenings concerning his political career because he was well prepared for a worst-case scenario before executing the ambition to be Nigeria’s president.
Noting that Odili remains one of the greatest politicians in the state who raised every member of the current ruling class in the state, Wike said Nigeria missed a great deal by not having the ex-governor as a President.
He described Odili as a true leader of men who groomed many, and supported a lot of persons to political limelight, particularly in Rivers State and across the country.
“There was a time every political class abandoned Dr. Odili. This is a man who gave us everything. Some people called him Mr. Donatus. There was no abuse he did not get. Everybody he tried to help their families, at the end of the day, all betrayed him,” Wike said.
“For us, we have used him as a school and we thank him for making himself available for us to use him to learn so that we won’t be shocked by whatever is going to happen.”
Wike further expressed delight for the opportunity to have known Odili and be able to celebrate him.
Governor Wike noted that he was able to accomplish his political career due to the several support and the gains from the political tutelage under the Ex-governor.