The details of the meeting between Governor Nyesom Wike and the former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, have emerged.
Naija News reports that Wike visited the former governor on New Year’s Day at his residence in Port Harcourt, the state capital, to celebrate with him and his family.
Speaking at Odili’s residence, Wike stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is fully prepared for the 2023 general elections in the state.
The governor appreciated Odili for the support he has given to his administration since 2015 and urged the former governor to pray for the PDP to win all elective positions.
Wike also asked the former governor to pray for a seamless transition in the state, saying that his government would ensure that there is no violence during the 2023 elections.
In his response, Odili said every genuine Rivers person is proud of Wike for the honour he has brought to the State as the best-performing governor in the country.
He commended the governor for fearlessly defending and protecting the interest of the State from existential threats that many didn’t know existed.
The elder statesman assured the governor that he remains committed to the total victory of the PDP in the State in the 2023 general elections.
Wike was accompanied by the PDP governorship candidate, Siminalayi Fubara, senatorial candidates for Rivers South East and Rivers East, Senator Barry Mpigi and Allwell Onyesoh, member of the House of Representatives, Ken Chikere, and others.
Wike Visits HRH Nne-Nwe-Eli Emohua XIII
The governor also visited His Royal Majesty, Nne-Nwe-Eli Emohua XIII (OLO IV), Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, at his palace in Emohua community on Sunday.
Speaking, Wike told the monarch that he had come to notify the council that the party has commenced politicking and was ready for the 2023 general elections.
“We are prepared for the politics and elections of 2023. We want to sound notice whether at the local, national or international level that we are now set for this year’s election.”
He commended the king for his unparalleled support of the Rivers State government since 2015.
Wike Visits Senator Bennett Birabi
The governor also visited the former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Bennett Birabi, in Yeghe in Gokana Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said he is optimistic that his administration will finish strong, adding that all the road construction projects being flagged off across the State will be completed before he leaves office in May.
“Continue to pray for us now that our tenure is almost coming to an end. We pray we finish well as we have always hoped that God will allow us to finish well.”
Wike Visits Ledum Mitee
In the same vein, the governor also visited the former President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee, in the K-Dere community.
Wike commended Mitee for sacrificing his legal career in pursuit of justice, fairness, and equity for the Ogoni people.
He said, “We have come to wish you a happy new year and to encourage you to continue to play your elder statesman’s role of making sure that Rivers State is one, Rivers State works together for the interest of every person. You’re a serialised Rivers person.
“Nigerians know you as somebody who will always stand for justice, equity and fairness. You have paid the price of standing for justice Everybody knows that if not for what you stood for, you’re one of the shining lights in the legal profession.”
Mitee, in his response, said he was elated by the visit and prayed to God to continue to give the governor the wisdom to pilot the affairs of the State.
“We feel tremendously grateful to God to have given you the vision and passion for Rivers State,” he said.