Obi celebrates Odili, Rivers ex-governor, at 70, hails Wike

By Valentine Amanze

The immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has congratulated former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, on his 70th birthday, describing him as a blessing to the Nigeria polity.

  “To all of us who passed through Christ The King College (CKC), Onitsha, Senior Odili is an a source of pride. He was the first CKC product to become a governor and served the people of Rivers State to the best of his ability for eight eventful years,” Obi said Saturday in a statement personally signed by him.

  He said, “Dr. Odili has since after leaving office as governor gone on to become one of the stabilising forces in Nigerian politics, who, working behind the scenes, has continued to promote the development and progress of the country.”

   Obi also praised Odili “for his key role in advancing medical practice and the body of knowledge”, noting, “His legacies in these areas remain indelible in PAMO Clinic and PAMO Medical University – two institutions which bear eloquent testimony to Dr. Odili’s commitment towards advancing the cause of Nigeria and promoting the interests of Nigerians.”

  He wished the elder statesman a happy birthday and many more years of good health and God’s continued blessings.

  Obi specially thanked incumbent Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, “for recognising Dr. Odili as their political godfather and getting other loyal Odili disciples to work tirelessly for the development of Rivers State.” He pointed out that “going by the way Governor Wike – alias Mr. Projects – is going, Rivers State will soon become the favourite destination for business and politics in Nigeria.”

The Anambra State former governor endorsed Wike’s quest for re-election during the 2019 polls, urging the Rivers electorate “to renew Governor Wike’s mandate to enable him to finish the good work he has started, the result of which is there for all to see.”

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