(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-The only opposition law maker in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Nwankwo Promise, representing Oyigbo State Constituency, has defected from the Social Democratic Party to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
In the notice of defection read by the speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, during plenary on Thursday, the Oyigbo representative said that his move, which was the outcome of consultations with his constituents was informed by the desire to be in the mainstream where forces can be mobilised to advance the cause of development in Nigeria.
Hon. Nwankwo Promise also blamed his defection on the crisis in his former party, the Social Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, the Rivers state House of Assembly also received 16 executive bills for enactment into law.
The bills, all of which were promptly given first reading include those of Okoro nu-Odo, Rumuogba and Rebisi flyovers; Chief Emmanuel Aguma House, General Yakubu Gowon road and Stadium; Chinwenwo Emma Aguma Judges quarters, Dame Patience Jonathan, Sir Celestine and Dr.
George Sekibo roads; Dr. Deni Fiberesima Doctors Quarters and Engr. Lawrence Anele road.
The bills also sought to give legal stamp to the naming of Cardinal Rex Jim – Lawson Cultural Centre,Chief P.G.Warmate House, Rumuwoji market and Ogbunabali fruit market.
In a related development, the lawmakers, at the sitting, directed House Committee on Neigbourhood Watch and Security to liaise with, and encourage security agencies for the good work they are doing to secure the release of some persons who were kidnapped at a burial in Bonny over 36 days ago.
While thanking God for the escape of one of their colleagues, Hon. Abiye Pepple, when the kidnappers attacked, they prayed for progress in efforts to secure the release of those in captivity so they can be reunited with their families.