3 Former Lawmakers, 17 Leaders have defected to PDP in Rivers
Three former members of the House of Representatives, a former Speaker, and other leaders from Rivers State’s All Progressives Congress (APC) and African Action Congress (AAC) have defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Nyesom Wike, who received the politicians in Port Harcourt, said the former leaders decided to return to the PDP because the APC-led Federal Government had failed the people.
Wike promised the defectors that everyone in the Rivers PDP would have an equal chance and that despite intimidation, Rivers would remain a PDP bastion in the country.
He challenged the APC government to name any project that they completed in the state in the previous six years, claiming that the party had nothing to offer the people.
He predicted that the PDP would defeat the APC in the general elections of 2023 and that his party would continue to be Nigerians’ hope in the coming elections.
He urged PDP supporters in the state not to be intimidated by outside forces.
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 something: we are fighting hard, and by God’s grace, the PDP will be in power in Nigeria in 2023.
“This isn’t a case of wishful thinking. It’s a matter of commitment: all of the governors have agreed to do it. The PDP will never be split. Everyone who has been generating problems in the party has failed. All those attempting to destabilise Rivers State have been defeated,” he stated emphatically.
Ogbonna Nwuke, a defector and former spokesman for the Rivers APC, said he left the party because the federal government ignored his ethnic nationality.
“For the past six years, we’ve been wandering in the wilderness, unsure of where we’re going. They promised us change, but it has been more than six years since we have seen any.
“Etche has about 205 oil wells and 80 percent of the country’s gas reserves, which has boosted the economy. My former party did not consider us worthy of any assignment, which is unfortunate,” he said.
Former House of Representatives member Daemi Akpanah; former House of Assembly member Ibiso Nwuche; former Rivers Speaker Stephen Ezekwem; former Commissioner of Works, Levy Braide; and former Assembly member Emmanuel Okata are among the APC members that defected to the PDP.
Others include Ngo Martins-Yellowe, the former chairman of the Rivers State Civil Service Commission; Goodlife Nmekini, the former Special Adviser to Governor Chibuike Amaechi; and Dr. Barinedum Nwibere, the former Director General of the Cole/Giadom campaign organisation.
The APC, on the other hand, branded the PDP’s Thursday “melodrama in the name of welcoming APC defectors into PDP” as going too far by bringing “deadwoods and all sorts of worthless persons” into its fold.
The APC made the announcement in a statement signed by Chris Finebone and issued by the Party’s Media Department in Port Harcourt.
The event, according to the statement, was part of a fraudulent spectacle and a large scam by the PDP to defraud Governor Nyesom Wike of the people of Rivers.
“This Ponzi scheme by the PDP is now taking a different turn as the party exhumes old deadwoods and persons of insignificant political value and staging fake reception ceremonies with taxpayers’ money,” according to the statement.
“It may seem strange to talk about receiving Mr. Ogbonna Nwuke, who recently announced his resignation from the APC, but how can anyone explain lumping together a group of people who either had no ties to the APC or left three to four years ago?
“More specifically, Chibudom Nwuche has not been a registered member of the APC because he is unable to produce and present such proof to anyone. It’s pointless to discuss his nil electoral value because the governor and his party are well aware of it.
“Chibudom Nwuche has always had a front-row seat at PDP events for the past three years. So, what exactly is the point that the PDP is trying to make now?
“It is common knowledge that Chief Stephen Ezekwem, a Magnus Abe supporter, left the APC in 2018 and told anyone who would listen that he is now a PDP stakeholder in his local government area.
“Someone like Hon. Emma Deeyah and his close friend, Igo Aguma, shamefully left the APC in ignominy many years ago after their satanic plot to steal the party structure in Rivers State failed in the Supreme Court.
“The rest of the deplorables who took part in the PDP’s show of shame tagged reception are nothing more than insignificant subsistence hunters whose only claim and motivation in politics is to feed themselves.
“They are merely political nomads whose main goal in life is to scavenge edibles from anywhere to feed their grumbling stomachs.”