The five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, who recently defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), are ready to slug it out with the ruling party in court, the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
Amaechi, one of the defecting governors, was speaking in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Wednesday when he featured in a radio phone-in programme on 95.1 FM Port Harcourt.
The PDP had last in December 2013 asked an Abuja Federal High Court to sack the five governors.
It also prayed the court to order the houses of assembly of Adamawa, Rivers, Sokoto, Kano and Kwara, the states whose governors defected, to commence impeachment proceedings against the governors.
But Amaechi noted that the affected governors will not go down without a fight as they had hired reputable lawyers to battle the PDP in court.
He recalled that many governors had in the past left other political parties and joined the PDP without being sacked by the courts and expressed confidence that their own case will not be any different.
Amaechi said, “Courts don’t impeach. But we are waiting. The courts’ position (in the past) is very clear. Zamfara governor moved to the PDP and the court held that he had a right to move if there was a disagreement in his party.
“The Bauchi State governor moved from ANPP (defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party) to the PDP and another court held that he had the right to move. Abia State governor (Theodore Orji) moved from Progressives Peoples Alliance to the PDP and Kebbi State governor also moved from the ANPP to the PDP. They are so many and the PDP was so happy absorbing them.
“Now that five of us have gone and the chances of more governors moving to the APC appear to be there, the PDP is panicking. We are ready to meet them in court; we have hired lawyers and our lawyers can battle with them”, Amaechi, who is chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum was quoted as saying.