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Rivers APC excited over the arrival of pro-Wike lawmakers and anticipates more defections




Ikenga stated, “In an earlier interview, I did mention that our doors are open to welcoming anybody who is willing to be part of us. We are happy about this (lawmakers’ defection), and we expect that others will join so that we can swell the ranks of the APC and run the state properly. The defection of the lawmakers is a welcome development.”

According to PUNCH Online, the crisis within the State House of Assembly took a new direction on Monday with twenty-seven members defecting from the ruling PDP in the state to the APC. The lawmakers cited division within the PDP as the primary reason for their defection to the APC.

The affected lawmakers are reportedly loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike. They convened for a plenary session around 8am on Monday to formalize their decision, with tight security stationed at the entrance of the Assembly complex along Moscow Road in Port Harcourt.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has called for an emergency executive council meeting to discuss the defection of 27 lawmakers of the State House of Assembly from the PDP to the APC. The ongoing meeting, presided over by the governor, marks the 5th executive council meeting. The 4th executive council meeting was held on October 27, 2023, during which four draft bills were approved.