He praised them during a grand reception held at Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic in Rumuola community, organized by the local chiefs, leaders, and stakeholders.
The reception was a warm homecoming for Wike, arranged by the people of Obio-Akpor to honor him for representing the Ikwerre ethnic nationality and the State effectively during his tenure as governor of Rivers State.
During the event, Wike, who was bestowed with the title of Okwurume 1 of Obio/Akpor, expressed his joy and a sense of belonging as a member of the Ikwerre community and the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
He thanked his fellow kinsmen for also honoring his wife with a chieftaincy title.
Wike recalled instances of betrayal by some of his political associates in Port Harcourt and Ikwerre Local Government Areas during the 2023 general election.
Despite these betrayals, he commended the people of Obio-Akpor for their unwavering support.
Wike emphasized that unlike others, he did not compromise the interests of Rivers State for personal gain.
He expressed satisfaction in the success of the southern presidency that he and his team supported.
With the challenges of transition and political betrayal behind him, Wike stated that a successor is now in place.
He assured that he and the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would respect and support the new governor’s leadership.
Senator John Azuta Mbata, the chairman of the occasion, highlighted that the reception was organized to honor an illustrious son who had made significant national contributions, representing the Ikwerre community and bringing pride to the people.