Politicians gathered on Monday to honour a former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili on his 74th birthday at the Old Government Residential Area in Port Harcourt.
The event attracted governors of Benue and Abia states, Samuel Ortom and Okezie Ikpeazu; former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko; and former transport Minister, Senator Abiye Sekibo.
Also present was the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi; former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke; former minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Mohammed Adoke; among others.
Speaking at the event, Wike alleged that some aggrieved governorship aspirants who lost out in the Rivers State PDP primary, are collaborating with his opponents in Abuja to plot his downfall.
“But now, they went to Abuja that I must not be vice-president. I also read yesterday when I was in Paris, one of them saying that I told him that if they do to me what they did to Dr Odili that I will collapse the system.
“I am not an ungrateful person and I will never be ungrateful in my life. What’s important is that I have done well as a governor. I am happy and I am leaving office a happy man,” he said.
On how he has benefitted from the mentorship of Odili, the Rivers governor said because he trusted the advice of the former governor, he is not surprised at the turn of events and the outcome of the PDP presidential primary.
Odili said he and his wife, Justice Mary Odili (retd), were overwhelmed by the birthday gift courtesy of the state government.