(By Silas Ofori) – It was a bumper harvest of defections in Rivers State over the weekend as 7,315 former members of the All Progressives Congress and other parties moved in droves to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at Bodo in Senator Magnus Abe’s Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Speaking at the defection rally, Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike’s Special Adviser on Political Matters and Strategy, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh advised the people of Ogoni ethnic nationality to protect the numerous projects sited in their communities by the current administration.
Chief Emeh told his hosts that Governor Wike loves the people of Ogoni and that his love is evidenced in the number of projects and valuable appointments given to sons and daughters of Ogoni, urging them to reciprocate by supporting the governor now and his re-election in 2019.
With the Special Adviser at the defection rally organised by the Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, were the Secretary to Rivers State Government, Mr. Kenneth Kobani; Commissioner of Finance, Dr. Fred Kpakol; President General of GDI, Bright Amaewhule; Secretary of PDP, Samuel Wanosike and other stalwarts of the PDP in the state.
In their separate speeches , Kenneth Kobani, Dr. Fred Kpakol, Samuel Wanosike and GDI coordinator in Gokana were all united in their advice to the defectors to ensure that they arm themselves with the permanent voters card, PVC, stressing that it is only with the voters card that they can demonstrate their love for Wike and re-elect him in 2019.
Leading over three thousand NYCOP members defecting to the PDP was the president of NYCOP, the youth wing of the Movement for the Survival Of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Dr. Lucky Nkpa and Comrade Adiba Barinada, also known as Gunboat.
In his remarks at the rally , Dr. Nkpa described Governor Wike as a brother and friend of Ogoni people in view of the numerous projects, both completed and ongoing in the area, and promised to mobilise support to ensure his re-election in 2019.

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