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Rivers APC In Disarray As 20 Leaders Dumps The Party To PDP

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Three former members of the House of Representatives, a former Speaker and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and African Action Congress (AAC) from Rivers State have defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Receiving the politicians in Port Harcourt, Governor Nyesom Wike, said the former leaders decided to return to the PDP because the APC-led Federal Government, failed the people.

Wike promised the defectors equal opportunity for everybody in the Rivers PDP, saying Rivers would continue to remain a PDP stronghold in the country despite intimidation.

He challenged the APC government to list any project they executed in the State in the past six years, saying the party had nothing to offer the people.

He said the PDP would defeat the APC in the 2023 general elections and assured his party remained the hope of Nigerians in the next elections.

He asked PDP supporters in the state not to allow themselves to be intimidated by anybody.

He said: “As you go home, go happily and challenge anybody; I am a member of PDP and my party has done well in Rivers State. Let me tell you, we are fighting hard and by the grace of God, PDP will take over Nigeria in 2023.

“It is not a wishful thinking. It is a question of being committed: All the governors have agreed we will do it. PDP will never be divided. All the people that are causing trouble in the party have all failed. All those trying to sabotage Rivers State, they have been knocked out,” he stressed.

One of the defectors and immediate-past spokesman of Rivers APC, Ogbonna Nwuke, said he left the APC due to the neglect of his ethnic nationality by the APC federal government.

“In the past six years, we were wandering in the wilderness without any clear cut direction as to where we were heading. They promised us change, we have not seen any change for more than six years now.

“Etche has about 205 oil wells and has 80% of gas deposit which has added up to the national economy. It is unfortunate that we have not been found worthy enough for any appointment by my former party,” he said.

Some members of the APC that defected to the PDP are former members of House of Representatives, Daemi Akpanah; former member of House of Assembly, Ibiso Nwuche; former Rivers Speaker Stephen Ezekwem; former Commissioner of Works, Levy Braide; former Assembly member, Emmanuel Okata.

Others are former chairman Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Ngo Martins-Yellowe; Goodlife Nmekini, former Special Adviser to Governor Chibuike Amaechi; Dr. Barinedum Nwibere, former Director General, Cole/Giadom campaign organisation among others.

But the APC described Thursday’s “melodrama by the PDP in the name of welcoming APC defectors into PDP” as taking a joke too far by receiving “deadwoods and all sorts of valueless persons” into its fold.

The APC made the declaration in a statement by the Media Department of the Party in Port Harcourt and signed by Chris Finebone.

The statement described the event as part of a bogus charade and big scam by the PDP to swindle Governor Nyesom Wike of the commonwealth of Rivers people.

The statement said: “This Ponzi scheme by the PDP is now taking a different turn as the party now exhumes old deadwoods and persons of insignificant political value and staging fake reception ceremonies with taxpayers’ money.

“It may make little sense to talk about receiving Mr. Ogbonna Nwuke who recently announced his resignation from the APC but how can anyone explain lumping several other individuals who either had no link with APC or left our party three to four years ago?

“More specifically, Chibudom Nwuche has not been a registered member of the APC as he cannot produce and present such a registration evidence to anyone. There is no point mentioning his zero electoral value as the governor and his party very well know about that.

“For over three years now, Chibudom Nwuche has always enjoyed front seat in PDP events. So, what is really the point the PDP want to make now?

“It is public knowledge that Chief Stephen Ezekwem, a follower of Magnus Abe, left the APC in 2018 and he has told anyone that cared to listen that he is now a stakeholder of PDP in his local government area.

“Someone like Hon. Emma Deeyah with his bosom friend, Igo Aguma, shamefully left the APC long ago in ignominy after their satanic plot to steal the party structure in Rivers State failed at the Supreme Court.

“The rest in the basket of deplorables that participated in the show of shame tagged reception into PDP are not more than inconsequential subsistence hunters whose only claim and motive in politics is their alimentary canal.

“They are mere political travellers whose highest objective in life is how to scrounge morsels of edibles from anywhere for their aching stomachs.”

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