During the sitting of the Rivers state House of Assembly, yesterday, at the old auditorium of Government House, Port Harcourt, the 25 pro-Governor Rotimi Amaechi lawmakers in Rivers State, have abandoned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for All Progressives Congress, APC.
Leader of the House, Mr. Chidi Lloyd, who announced their
decision to decamp, said they had all ceased to be members of
He said: “The 25 pro-Amaechi lawmakers have asked me to
declare our formal defection to APC. Henceforth, 25 of us should
be referred to as APC members. We are telling the world today
(yesterday) that we are all members of APC. All correspondence to
us should describe us as APC members.”
Speaker of the House, Mr. Otelemaba Dan-Amachree, who
presided over the sitting, directed that their action should be
documented.About 14 of them were present at the sitting.
The development came one year after the free for all amongst
members of the House at the chamber of the Assembly complex
on Moscow Road.
The House has since the incident been divided along the lines of
pro and anti- Amaechi lawmakers.
Mr Evans Bipi is Speaker of the six anti-Amaechi lawmakers. They
have continued to boycott every sitting of the pro-Amaechi
lawmakers at the old auditorium of Government House, Port
Meanwhile, one of the pro-Amaechi lawmakers, Mr. Golden
Chioma, who was kidnapped by gunmen, has been freed by his
captors in the early hours of yesterday. It could not be confirmed if
any ransom was paid for his release.