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Odili Endorses Fubara: Carry On, Rivers People Are Solidly Behind You


Former Governor Peter Odili, on Saturday, endorsed the administration of current Governor Siminalayi Fubara during the inauguration of the newly constructed Omoku-Egbema Road in the state.

This event, attended by local dignitaries, traditional rulers, political leaders, and numerous citizens, marked a significant milestone for the state.

Odili, who served as Rivers State Governor from May 1999 to May 2007, spoke against the background of the state’s political crisis and the feud beyween Fubara and his erstwhwile godfather, Nyesom Wike.

 Addressing the gathering, Odili began with a commendation of Fubara, saying, “Your Excellency, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, a man God destined to govern Rivers State. A humble man of God whose life reflects the fear of God, a man who doesn’t talk too much but does a lot. Your Excellency, welcome again to Ahoada West Local Government Area.”

“Our people have a saying that a man shows love either with his mouth or with his leg,” Odili continued. “Governor Fubara has demonstrated both symbols to the people of Ahoada West. In the few months he has been in charge, he has shown us what true leadership looks like.”

Odili said though the next election was very far what the government had done so far was enough to secure the support of the local government area.

“We will make sure that no appointee of your administration gives you cause to be worried or to doubt their loyalty to your administration. Go home and sleep with your two eyes closed.

“The state is proud of you and they are standing solidly with you may God bless you and keep you.”

Speaking on Fubara’s ‘people first’ mantra, Odili emphasized that governance should always prioritize the people. “Governance is about the people, and he has chosen the mantra ‘people first.’ What else can be added to that? He is demonstrating it by action.”

Odili’s endorsement also carried a subtle message to the broader political landscape of Rivers State.

He said, “Thank you, Your Excellency because the greatest asset of the state remains the people, not oil and gas. The people remain the greatest asset.

“Once your focus remains with the people, especially the less privileged, the poor, those who are struggling to feed every day, I agree with you that the sky will become the takeoff point of your administration.”

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