Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State have cross carpeted to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors include; legal Adviser Chima Obinna; former lawmaker John Bazie; and Dr. Ipalibo Jenberetoa George (former lawmaker and representative of Asari-Toru II); Ibinabo Michael West ex-Commissioner for Transport; Chief Salvation Ezegwogwo (business mogul from Ahoada-East) and Johnny Soye Lulu-Barango.
Receiving them, ex-governor and current minister of transportation, Amaechi said: “There is not up to 10 per cent of politicians here who did not pass through me. I don’t drink, I have never tasted alcohol in my life, I don’t smoke, I am not tribalistic. If I were, I would have accepted tempting offers by the former president to remain in PDP, but I insisted that I will never leave President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I built projects in every village. We will challenge PDP to show us such projects in every village in the state. By the time I left government, my indebtedness was N17 billion, I challenge them if they have not borrowed up to N500 billion.
“During my tenure, I built all the federal roads to the tune of N104 billion. When the Federal Government said it could only pay N78 billion, I was not selfish to kill it. If I am evil, I could have killed it in the cabinet by simply lobbying my colleagues to never allow it see the light of the day, since I am no longer a governor, but not only did I argue that they must pay governors who worked on federal roads, but I insisted the money was not enough.
“Rivers’ interest is primary to me. Outside that, Nigerians interest is equally paramount to me.”
Amaechi enjoined the defectors to put all hands on deck in ensuring APC secures the presidential seat come 2023.
Bazie expressing his hope for the new party stated that enough had been taken from “cut and nail leadership”.
“The cut and nail leadership we have presently is over. In 2023, APC will usher in visionary leader that will take us to next level.
“Building flyover bridges without expansion makes no difference to the quest for development we crave for. So, when APC returns to power in 2023, our visionary leader, who was a governor, will bring his development vision back to build new cities,” he said.