Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state was at the Port Harcourt International Airport to welcome President Goodluck Jonathan and later flew in the same chopper to Okrika town for the burial of the adopted mother of Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
They were joined on the trip by Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson.
This fuelled excitement within the political circles, with speculations that President Jonathan and Ameachi, both politically estranged duo will use the joint flight to have a heart to heart talk.
Governor Amaechi and members of the state executive council had arrived Port Harcourt Airport and waited for the arrival of the President.
Supporters of Seriake Dickson, Nyesom Wike, the supervising Minister of Education, with his political group; Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDI), as well as members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, all jostled for space and attention while also awaiting the president’s aircraft as it touched down at the airport at about 1.40 p.m.
Okrika town and its environs were choked with soldiers, policemen, men of the Department of the Secret Service, Civil Defence Corps and Federal Road Safety Commission, all strategically positioned.
There were several naval war boats patrolling the Okrika waterways.
There were also military fighter helicopters on air surveillance, just as there was an aerial camera bearing balloon, overlooking the perimeters of the area where the event took place in Okrika.
Mrs. Jonathan, was accompanied to the Port Harcourt Polo Club, venue of the service of songs, by the wife of the vice president, Hajia Amina Namadi Sambo.
Football and Nollywood stars were also at the service of songs to show solidarity with the First Lady.
Most of the women clad in specially designed apparels for the occasion went into a frenzy when Patience Ozokwu, made her appearance on the ground of the Port Harcourt Polo Club.
Nollywood stars present were Zachee Orji and Kanayo Kanayo, the Akin and Paw-paw fame.The people of Wakrike, (that is the Okrika people) used the opportunity of the burial rites of Madam Charity Oba, the adopted mother of the First Lady in Okrika to confer Chieftaincy titles on the President and his Wife.