Former Rivers State Governor Peter Odili’s choice to create his successor from Ikwerre in 2007 gained him opponents who betrayed him, according to Governor Nyesom Wike.
Wike also apologised to Odili, expressing sadness that his Ikwerre people, for whom Odili fought, were the first to abandon him.
The Governor made the remarks during a State dinner held at Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday night to commemorate Justice Mary Peter Odili’s 70th birthday and retirement from the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Wike said: “Dr. Odili’s biggest problem in this State today, people must know the truth, is because he said Ikwerre man must become Governor, that is it. If any man tells you that Odili has committed any other sin, it is a lie. It is just because he said Ikwerre man must become Governor.
“Unfortunately, we the Ikwerre people, whom he said should be Governor, are the ones that put him in the witness box. But, I want to appeal to him, forgive, you’re a Christian. You’re a Christian, forgive all of us.”
He added, “I’ve never seen a man who has suffered humiliation, I’ve never seen a man who has suffered betrayal in life like Dr. Odili.”
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