Gist: Amaechi to APC, I won’t defect from PDP without consulting Jonathan  (Read 1353 times)

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WILL Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  for the All Progressive Congress, APC?
This is the one million dollar question on the lips of many after the national leadership of the APC visited the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Thousands of  people had turned up   from the 23 local government areas of the state    that day to join Amaechi  at the Helipad field in Government House, Port Harcourt to welcome the chieftains of the APC.
Protocol officers had challenges controlling the large crowd.   It was a similar situation at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa. As early as 6am that day, supporters of the governor  had stormed the airport in their large numbers waiting to cheer him up on arrival.
Amaechi  had traveled out of the state the previous day; so he was expected back that morning ahead of the visit  of the APC chieftains.  There was a mild drama at the airport as the crowd  was  not allowed beyond a   point, three to four kilometers to the airport premises  by security operatives.  The restriction did not dampen their spirit as they kept singing and chanting pro-Amaechi songs.

File: R-L Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State/APC Leader and Engr Tele Ikuru, Rivers State Deputy Governor at the Rivers State Government House during a visit of the APC Leadership to Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke
The governor finally landed and was heading to Government House, Port Harcourt  when he noticed   thousands of his supporters at the Port Harcourt/ Elele road. On inquiry, he was told that security men did not allow them beyond that point. Amaechi  had to alight from his vehicle and led them into the airport.   They  trekked a distance of about four kilometers. And together, they  received the visiting chieftains of the APC. In a very long convoy, the governor and his visitors  drove  to Government House, Port Harcourt where another crowd of supporters had been waiting to be part of the event.
The National Deputy Chairman of the PDP splinter group to which Amaechi and seven other governors belonging,  Mr Sam Jaja, was the first to mount therostrum. He poured encomiums on the governor before the National Chairman of the APC; Chief Bisi Akande, was called to speak.  Akande described Amaechi as a courageous leader who had continually resisted impunity. He said they were in the state to invite him to join the APC because it is a party for progressive minds like the governor.
“This is another important stop, because it allows us, the APC leaders, not only to invite Chibuike Amaechi, the courageous governor of Rivers, to join the growing APC family, but to show our solidarity with a man who has succeeded in battling anti-democratic forces to a standstill,” Akande said.
“Let us be clear. Our party has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Gov. Amaechi since the beginning of his travails. We have been unrelenting in our support because our party stands for justice, fairness and unfettered freedom. We abhor dictatorship clad in fake democratic garments.

-vnguard


 

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