Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has again given reasons why he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor said he joined the APC to protect the interests of Rivers State which have been neglected by the PDP federal government.
He said the state suffers neglect and victimisation in the absence of federal government projects and the ceding of oil wells in the state to neighbouring states.
He urged people of the state to be politically conscious and become agents of progressive change to vote out the ruling PDP at the federal level. Amaechi, who spoke during an interactive session with medical doctors in the state in Port Harcourt, said APC holds the key to the country’s rapid development.
The governor also said the party is the alternative to the PDP to reduce general impoverishment in the country.
He said one of the reasons for his disagreement with the federal government is over the Soku oil wells in Rivers State which were ceded to Bayelsa State and which the Rivers State government contested in court.
Meanwhile, the chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr Bukola Saraki hailed the defection of 37 members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor of Kwara state hailed the defecting federal lawmakers for their courage, describing their action as a welcome development.
Saraki said this in Ilorin at the empowerment programme organised by Dr Ali Ahmad,a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ilorin East/South Federal Constituency of Kwara state.
Aside the commissioning of Ahmad’s ultra- modern constituency office, items worth N100m were distributed to the lawmaker’s constituents. Saraki hailed reps members from the state for what he called their bold decision to formally dump the PDP.