Support From Odili Giving My Opponents High Blood Pressure — Fubara

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Governor Siminalayi Fubara has said that the recent public support he has received from former Rivers governor Dr. Peter Odili is putting pressure on his critics.

Fubara emphasized that those who truly have integrity and character are firmly supporting his administration.

Last Thursday, Odili declared Fubara the political leader of Rivers State, stating that the people have faith in his leadership.

This declaration by Odili comes amidst a political crisis between Fubara and his former mentor, Nyesom Wike.

Fubara and Wike, who is the FCT minister, are in a power struggle for control in the state, leading to other influential figures taking sides.

Speaking last Thursday during the inauguration of a health centre, Odili told Fubara: “Our people said I should tell you to stand firm with the President, align with his quality policies and carry Rivers people to the engine room of government in the Federal Republic in Abuja.

“For those who have not bothered to pay attention, if you look at the map of Nigeria, the entire map of Nigeria is sitting on Rivers State.

“When Rivers State coughs, Nigeria will catch a cold. So regard your office as key and vital.

“Don’t look back. It is not a matter of age. It is a matter of your people being with you. And they have asked me to tell you that you are the political leader of Rivers State.  Rivers people say where you go, they will go with you. Where you stand, they will stand with you.

“You are standing on firm ground. Stand there, hold onto God; the rest of the journey will be a piece of cake.”

Fubara, through his Chief Press Secretary Nelson Chukwudi, expressed happiness about Odili’s announcement. He mentioned that those who oppose Odili are feeling the pressure because of his statement.

“I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again, it doesn’t matter the number of people that stand with you. Even if you’re standing alone, no matter the side you’re standing on, provided you are standing on the right side, maintain your stand. And we are happy to stand with him (Odili),” Fubara declared.

“We are also happy that he is standing with us. Even his person alone is giving people high blood pressure. They are restless, granting all sorts of media interviews.

“Why are they doing it? It is because the people who matter, the people who have what they claim they have, integrity, are with us. That is the truth.

“So, if we have one person who has integrity and character, is it not better than having 1,000 persons with questionable characters? So, we are happy to identify with him (Odili).”

Fubara urged the people to continue to support Odili, saying: “He is a great man. He is integrity and character personified. It is only those who understand what greatness is all about that will appreciate what he has done.”

“Greatness is the value that you give to yourself; greatness is the respect that you preserve for yourself so that even when you’re being insulted, you look around and say, ‘I know my value; I will not bring myself down’. So, continue to stand with it. God will help us to achieve the purpose of governance with your help.”

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.