A major political shift in Rivers State is set to unfold on Saturday with the expected defection of some former political allies of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to the Nyesom Wike-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Among those set to defect from the All Progressives Congress, APC are two former chairmen of the party in Rivers State, Igo Aguma, and Davies Ikanya alongside eight others.
A statement heralding the defection issued on Friday by Tambari, Gbara, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, said that Ikanya and Aguma would lead others to the party.
The statement further disclosed that Governor Nyesom Wike would lead the PDP to formally receive the defectors at a gathering of party members in Port-Harcourt.
Wike To Receive Former Amaechi Allies
The statement read,
”The State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Rivers State Chapter Amb. Desmond Akawor, on behalf of the Party, joyfully welcomes the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, his Cabinet, Party Leaders, Stakeholders and supporters to the formal returning to our Party of the following persons; Dr. Ikanya Davies ( Former State Chairman, APC), Rt.Hon.Igo Aguma (former National Assembly Member and former Ag. Chairman APC), Chief Ogbogbo Nnamdi (Former APC LGA Leader).
“Hon. Isobo Jack (Former Caretaker Chairman, APC), Chief Hon.Wisdom Wakama, ( Former Minority Leader in the State Assembly). Hon.Alpine Whyte (Former Deputy Mayor Phalga LGA).”
“The others, according to the statement are Hon. Alamese Martins-Yellow, Hon.Ilamabo Mirilla, Hon. Faaye Franklin, Barr. Paul Nwankwoala (former APC Legal Adviser).”
The import of the defection of the former Amaechi allies to the PDP is expected to resonate on the ground in the expected showdown between Wike and his immediate predecessor.