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Wike Restores Omehia’s Rights As Ex-Gov

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday formally restored the benefits and entitlements of Sir Celestine Omehia as a former governor of the state.

Wike, in recognising Omehia as a former governor, personally returned Omehia’s official portrait to the collection of photographs of other past chief executives of the state at Government House, Port Harcourt, RIvers State.

Omehia was sworn in as governor on May 29, 2007, but was replaced with Chibuike Amaechi on October 25, 2007 through a Supreme Court ruling that declared that Amaechi was the rightful candidate of the ruling party that won the governorship election.

Subsequently, Omehia was not recognised as a former governor of the state.

Wike explained that his decision stemmed from the fact that Omehia worked as governor of the state between May 29, 2007 and October 25, 2007, wherein he took decisions on behalf of the state and initiated projects.

“I hereby return his official portrait among those of former governors. He is now entitled to the benefits of all former governors,” Wike said.

The governor maintained that the era of politics of bitterness in Rivers State was over and added that it was not right to personalise governance as was done by the immediate past administration.

Responding, Omehia described the day as the most historic day of his political career. He said the restoration of his rights as a former governor of the state was an indication that his dark days in politics were over.

Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Kobani, Rivers State Housing Commissioner, Emma Okah, and the Attorney-General, Chinwe Aguma, were among top officials who witnessed the event.