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After defection, Fubara holds emergency Exco meeting, as SDP, APC members join PDP
The Governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara, is currently meeting with the members of the state executive council at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The emergency meeting followed the defection of 27 members of the 32-member House of Assembly from the governing Peoples Democratic Party to the opposition All Progressives Congress.
Their defection was a fresh twist to the lingering political impasse between the governor and his political godfather, former governor Nyesom Wike, who is currently the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
According to findings, the meeting is not unconnected with the political crisis in the state, in which the lawmakers made a failed attempt to impeach the governor a few weeks ago.
The Assembly complex was eventually set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified persons.
Fubara Has Great Support, PDP Chieftain Boasts, as SDP, APC members join PDP
In the wake of gale of defections within Rivers State, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Karibo Wilson, says he is confident that Governor Siminalayi Fubara enjoys great support from the people of the state.
He spoke on Channels Television’s LunchTime Politics on Monday.
The PDP chieftain said traditional leaders, youths, and other segments of the populace have broad support for the governor.
“Rivers people are in support of Fubara—the elders, the traditional rulers, senior political and opinion leaders, the youths, women—they are in support,” he said.
The political situation assumed another dimension on Monday as 27 lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a similar development, several members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the APC joined the PDP over the weekend.
Wilson, a former House of Assembly candidate for Ahoada West constituency, also said that his defection to the PDP was driven by people’s interests.
On the recent defection of 27 PDP lawmakers to the APC, Wilson questioned the motives of the Assembly members, saying any impeachment moves against Fubara is anti-people.
The crisis within the 32-member Assembly originated from a discord between the governor and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, who is currently serving as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Channels TV/Daily Trust
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