*Rivers Governor, Ortom, Ikpeazu, Duke Hail Odili At 74
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has berated some elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the state, saying they have relocated to Abuja to plot against him.
He said his detractors were angry that they failed to clinch the governorship ticket of the party for the 2023 election.
The governor recalled how some of them visited him during his birthday in 2021, urged him to contest the presidential ticket and indicated interests to vie for the governorship ticket of the party.
But he said having failed in their ambitions, they ran to Abuja to join forces against him.
Wike spoke yesterday during the 74th birthday reception organised to honour the former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili, at the private residence built and donated to him by the state government at Old Government Residential Area, Port Harcourt.
Wike said those elders came to him on their own accord and showed a commitment that they would stay to support him and his decisions.
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.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and former Cross River State Governor Donald Duke also hailed Odili for being a role model and comporting himself well after leaving office.
Odili and his wife, Justice Mary Odili (retired), expressed profound gratitude, saying they were overwhelmed by the accolades and birthday gifts.