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POLITICS: APC beckons as Amaechi loses out in PDP

LEGISREPORTS NG - Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State may have finally lost out in the power-play in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as his nominee in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party Mr. Sam Jaja, deputy national chairman, was amongst those forced to resign their positions Thursday.
The Rivers state governor is battling his suspension from the party in court and his hold on the state structure of the PDP had been severed following the emergence of the Mr. Felix Obuah -led executive which replaced the group of leaders loyal to the governor based on a court order.
Mr. Amaechi is also leading a faction of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), following the fractious election earlier this month which produced him as chairman but with Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State laying claim to the position based on his endorsement by governors of the PDP caucus of the forum earlier.
With the resignation of Mr. Jaja from the NWC and his replacement with former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Chibudom Nwuche, who is loyal to Aso Rock presidential villa, the Rivers governor is now effectively bereft of any straw he can clutch on within the PDP both at the state and national level.
Although both men have openly denied it, it is no news anymore that President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Amaechi currently maintain a cat-and-mouse political relationship with each other, a factor which counted against the latter in his controversially successful re-election as chairman of the NGF.
These developments have further heightened surreptitious moves by the Rivers governor to collapse his political structure into the opposition alliance, the All Progressives Congress (APC) that is however yet to be registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor Amaechi's faction of the NGF is primarily centred on the strength of the opposition governors of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Rochas Okorocha-led All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) all of whom joined a handful of PDP governors to tilt the scale in favour of Amaechi in the NGF contest.
Sources close to the Rivers state governor hinted to LEGISREPORTS that the embattled politician may be goaded eventually into joining the APC if these developments get too choking for him especially as the opposition alliance is said to have thrown its doors open for him and other disenchanted governors of the PDP.
Amaechi is facing the political battle of his life right now with even the state house of assembly factionalized into those in his support and those against him who are being mobilized by Abuja-based forces to instigate an impeachment move against the governor.


This report was prepared by our political editor

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