History was made Tuesday, May 22, in ward 17 in Rumuolumeni of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State when Chief Worluh Nyeche led several other former members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to return to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The returnees were received on behalf of Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike by Special Adviser to the governor on Political Matters and Strategy, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, who commended the defectors for their decision, described Obio/Akpor as impenetrable by any other political group in Rivers State.
Barr. Emeh assured the retunees that in Governor Wike’s PDP, there is no new comer, even as he urged the undecided in the APC to leave and not allow the house fall on their head.
Using himself as an example of Wike’s magnanimity in treating every person equally in the party, the political strategist described APC as unorganized, and without leadership, advised the defectors not to be deceived by the fake promises of the APC on employment in the Ministry of Transportation and NIMASA.
He informed them of Governor Wike’s 500 million naira soft loan for women, 100million naira interest free loan for civil servants, 200million naira interest free loan for youth empowerment and entrepreneurship including appointment of liaison officers at ward and unit levels in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
Earlier in his address, leader of the PDP in ward 17, Chief Hanny Woko, had pleaded with councillorship aspirants who were aggrieved over their failure to get the party ticket, to calm down even as he counseled those who missed to be hopeful; that their own time will come. He harped on the need for the defectors to continue to support the governor, while thanking the youths for their commitment to the party, assuring leader of the defectors, Chief Worluh Nyeche that he has automatically become part of the leadership of the ward and the that PDP Umbrella is wide enough to accommodate every body.
Also speaking at the event, Hon. Colins Onunwor, former Caretaker Committee chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council said the ward has so much to gain remaining together than to falling apart. He urged fellow party members to support leadership, work hard and wait for their own turn, which according to him, will surely come.
Responding, Chief Worluh Nyeche, who led other defectors back to PDP, said they were happy to return, and that they were prepared to work hard to advance the cause of the PDP and ensure the re-election of Governor Wike in 2019.
Leader of the PDP in ward 17, Chief Hanny Woko receiving the returnees