According to history, Rivers State have had 15 individuals who govern it since the return of statehood in 1967. These individuals during their time as the Rivers State Governor ensured they left legacies for the next generation after them.
In recent years, since 1999, we have had Dr. Peter Odili, Sir Celestine Ngozichim Omehia, Rt Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi and the incumbent, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike. Ironically, Sir Celestine Omehia is not popular among other Governors due to his shirt time in office.
He was the Rivers State's shortest-serving governor. He served for five months.
Let me give you a brief story about his time as the Rivers State Governor.
Sir Celestine Ngozichim Omehia was declared the winner of the 2007 gubernatorial election in the State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). On 29 May, 2007, he was sworn in to succeed the then outgoing Governor, Dr. Peter Odili, who had at the time completed his eight years in office.
On October 25, 2007, five months after Celestine Omehia was sworn in as the Governor of the oil rich State, the Supreme Court annulled Omehia's election as the Governor of Rivers State, according to the ruling of the apex court, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi was the legitimate Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and not Sir Celestine Omehia.
Amaechi had won the party's Primary elections but was replaced with Omehia at the last moment due to allegation of graft.
The removal of Sir Celestine Omehia as the Governor of Rivers State on October 25, 2007 made him to serve for five months, making him the shortest serving Governor of the State.
All through the time of Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi as the Governor of Rivers State, he didn't recognise Sir Celestine Omehia as the Governor of Rivers State. The portrait of Omehia was removed from the wall of the State Government House in Port Harcourt.
Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, few months after he became the Governor of Rivers State, he restore the portrait of Sir Celestine Omehia in the State Government House. Governor Wike also said, all the entitlement of the former Governor will be restored to Sir Omehia.
After his portrait was restored in the Rivers State Government House, Sir Celestine Omehia said; "Dark days in my political career is over." He also thanked Governor Wike for restoring his privileges as the former Governor of the State.
Few weeks ago, Sir Celestine Ngozichim Omehia was given a special chieftaincy title in Ikwerre land. He was bestowed with the title of "Eze Gbuwara Uzor 1 of Ikwerre."
He was born on September 15, 1959 in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. The same community with his successor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.
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