The feud between the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and the incumbent governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, had grown wilder as the supporters of the duo keeps exchange of words.
The latest development was the reaction of the State’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the statement of the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, that accused the governor of being bothered by the defection of his friends to the APC.
In his reaction, the PDP’s publicity secretary for Rivers state, Sydney Tambari, in an interview with PUNCH in Port Harcourt on Thursday, refuted the allegation and said it was rather that APC that is disturbed because “its members were joining the PDP.”
Earlier on, the Rotimi Amaechi-led faction of APC, through its spokesman, Ogbonna Nwuke, had in a statement rated the Amaechi-led administration in the state higher than the Wike government.
This was sequel to a recent face – off between the aides of the two prominent Rivers sons at the burial of a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi- Whyte.
In his response to the accusation, while Tambari viewed defection in Nigeria’s political system as a norm, the PDP spokesman, however denies the claim, arguing that there has been more Defection to PDP from both the APC as well as other parties than to APC.
He said, “I want to state it clearly here that the executive governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike and the entire PDP are not bothered about those leaving the party for the APC because we see defection as a normal scenario in Nigerian politics.
“It is on record that there are those who are equally leaving the APC to PDP. In fact, we have seen far more defections from the APC and other parties in the state to the PDP.
“The reason why the PDP is not bothered is because we have strongholds in all the local governments. In some of those LGAs that we have witnessed few defections, we still have our grip, we still have our members and PDP is still controlling those LGAs.
“So, it is not something the party or the governor of the state will lose sleep about one man leaving the PDP, unlike the APC that has been crying ever since Hon. Chidi Lloyd dumped the APC for PDP.”
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