A faction of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said contrary to claims in some quarters, Governor Rotimi Amaechi is still a member of the ruling party.
It would be recalled that the Felix Obuah-led faction of PDP had on Friday announced the expulsion of the governor from the party citing the recent solidarity visit of some governors from the North and those from opposition to him (Amaechi) as reason for taking the decision.
However, debunking the report of the expulsion of Amaechi from the party, the factional state Publicity Secretary, Mr. George Ukwuoma-Nwogba in a statement, described the utterances of the state Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Ibibia Walter, as ‘unfortunate.’
Walter, who announced Amaechi’s expulsion on behalf of Mr. Obuah, had alleged that the governor was doling out state funds to his colleagues from others states for political gains.
But Ukwuoma-Nwogba dismissed the allegation saying, “The unfortunate utterances of Mr. lbibia Walter is unbecoming of a true party man. The likes of lbibia Walter are those destroying Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State through their unguarded utterances.
“However, for the interest of the general public and the faithful, our Governor, Chibuike Amaechi who is Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum remains not only in PDP, but is also the leader in the state.
“Let Walter lbibia accept the fact that Governor Amaechi remains key to the continued electoral victory of the PDP in Rivers state. The governor remains committed to his membership of the PDP and as Chairman of NGF can play host to members of that forum either in Minna, Okrika or Abuja.”
Ukwuoma-Nwogba argued that the state PDP scribe should seek find a way to gain the confidence of the governor if he (Walter) meant well for the party just as he berated him for addressing Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka with disrespect.