POLITICS: Pro-Amaechi lawmakers decamps to Wike’s group…as PDP vows not to allow APC flag in the State
LEGISREPORTS NG – Six days after Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, and some G7 governors defected to All Progressives Congress (APC), he has suffered the same fate, as the Chief Whip, and one of the 27 pro-Amaechi lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly has decamped to the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike’s camp.
This is, even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state, has vowed that it would not allow the flag of Governor Amaechi’s party, All Progressives Congress (APC) anywhere in the state.Ikunyi Ibani who is the lawmaker representing Andoni Constituency in the Assembly, today announced his move to Wike’s camp during the Grassroots Development Initiatives (GDI) in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area and Ward executives inauguration and thanksgiving held in Ogu.During his brief speech at the event, the Chief Whip said that he represented the political conscience and had taken a firm decision.”I represent the conscience of politics.
When a lion moves, it moves with its tail.” he said .Also speaking, the PDP chairman, Felix Obuah, had informed that more Assembly members had consulted him, expressing their apology and demanding to be readmitted.He made this known shortly after Ikunyi announced his exit from Governor Amaechi’s camp.”Eight of them have come asking that we should admit them back; that they have been suffering.
Chief Whip is leading the group of eight of them I had meeting with. We will meet to consider them “he saidHe accused Governor Amaechi of recruiting thugs to destroy PDP signposts, charging GDI supporters to resist any attempt by government agents to destroy PDP property, adding that the party leadershp would support them.Meanwhile, the PDP had declared it would ensure that APC is shortlived in the state.
In their separate speeches at the event, the state party chairman, Felix Obuah, Nyesom Wike, National Deputy Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, Senator George Sekibo, a former Transport minister, Abiye Sekibo, factional Assembly Speaker, Evans Bipi, and many others, stressed that the governor would not use Rivers money to fund APC.
However, Wike stated that the embattled Chariman of Obio/Akpor Local Government, Timothy Nsirim, remained the authentic council boss, despite the dissolution of the council announced by the governor.He charged their supporters to be firm, saying that all hands should be on deck to fight the opposition.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Port Harcourt.