(By Chris K.Amadi)-The house of All Progressives Congress, APC, may have finally crumbled in Rivers State, with the defection of Dr. Sampsom Parker to the Peoples Democratic Party over the weekend. Dr. Parker was one of Amaechi’s Health Commissioner and trusted political ally.
With the defection of Parker, with over 2,000 supporters about two weeks after the defection of Dr. Chidi Llyod, another strong ally of Amaechi, leader of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State means that the house has fallen, and that Rivers State has potentially become a one party state.
Speaking at the event in Okochiri, Okrika, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State said: “Dr. Parker was one of those God used alongside some of us to bring Amaechi in as Governor of Rivers State in 2007.
“We thought that from that time, everybody will be united, but we didn’t know that some persons had different plans, but God’s plan is always the best.
“When I was leaving in 2012, I told Dr. Parker that things are not moving well and I am going. But he insisted that I should remain as there was need for us to continue to be together.
“But I am happy today that my friend and brother has realized what I told him then and has returned to the PDP.
“Dr. Parker came at the right time and nobody should discriminate him because with the level of politics he had played, he will add value to the Party”, the Governor said.
In his speech, the former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker described the occasion as home coming to the PDP family.
He stated that his conscience and soul are at peace with his decision and pledged his loyalty to the Party.
Dr. Parker lauded Governor Wike’s developmental strides in Krikese Kingdom and thanked him for accepting his return to the PDP.