Crises: APC Loses Etche Stronghold …As Onyesoh Defects To PDP
The protracted crises rocking the Rivers All Progressive Congress (APC) worsen on Friday, February 28, as the leader of the Party in the Etche Local Government Area, Chief Orwell Onyesoh formally decamped to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.
Chief Onyesoh accompanied by crowd of supporters dumped the party announced his defection to the PDP at the state party secretariat in Port Harcourt attended by Governor Nyesom Wike, State Party Chairman, Bro. Felix Obua and other party bigwigs in the state.
Making his declarations, Onyesoh said he was not decamping from his former party but merely returning home to where he belonged.
“We are coming home, we are not defecting. We came back to our house because we only went on a journey. I am here to announce to you that we are back to the party where we belong. We are back and we are here to stay,” the Etche politician declared.
The former APC chieftain thanked members of the party who did not join the APC like him stressing that those of them who were in APC went through monumental difficulties.
“We thank all those of you who stayed back in the PDP because if I tell you what those of us in APC went through, we will not leave here today,” the politician lamented.
He expressed appreciations to Gov. Nyesom Wike for the goodworks he had done for Etche people and other developmental projects which he had promised to the people of the area.
He also thanked the state party chairman, Bro. Felix Obua and leaders of the party in Etche for welcoming him back to the party.
Responding, party chairman, Bro. Felix Obua described the return of Chief Onyesoh as a confidence boost for the party in the state, adding that APC has been a disappointment to the state and to all Nigerians.
He said the PDP government in the state has transformed the state to enviable heights as a result of the good works of the state governor.
Gov. Nyesom Wike in his speech, allayed the fears of the returnees to the party, emphasizing that those joining the party have the same rights as other members of the party in the state.
Gov. Wike described the PDP as an action party, stating that the party has made the state one of the foremost states in the country.
Wike said the defection of Orwell Onyesoh has added to the faithful membership of the party in Etche, adding that Chief Onyesoh has been close to the leaders of the party in the state over the years.
“There is no other party in Rivers State other than the PDP”, Gov. Wike maintained.