*Defectors Planned To Kill Party In The State, Says Spokesman
Amidst the prevailing state of confuseion, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State chapter has informed its members that those who have just resigned from the party were the same persons who worked behind the scene to kill the APC.
The publicity secretary of Rivers state APC, Chris Finebone said that the first set of members who left the party contributed to the business of the party in the state, adding that such movement should be carefully appraised.
This development is even as four more major stakeholders tendered their resignations from the party citing several wrongdoings by the state leadership.
“There have been some movements, though I cannot term it exodus because that is relative. What is important is that such movements should be carefully appraised. The first individuals are those whom I can say added value to APC business while they were here. To them, we wish them well”, he said.
Finebone in a recorded message sent to our correspondent described others who have left as those that worked tirelessly to destroy the APC in Rivers state and caused the party not to be on the ballot in 2019.
“However, there are also the few who have left much to our relief. These are persons leaving after a tortuous effort by them to kill the APC without success. They even caused us nonappearance on the ballot in 2019.
“To the exit of these particular persons, we say good riddance because they caused the party much more harm than good. Happily, some of them are having a second thought and taking advantage of the ongoing reconciliation effort in our party to retrace their steps”.
Meanwhile, the former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Chidi Wihioka from the Ikwerre/Emohua federal constituency resigned from the party on Sunday.
In a letter to the ward chairman of the party, the former federal lawmaker said, “My decision was taken based on high-handedness of one man who thinks and believes that he owns the party in Rivers state and his refusal to allow peace reign in the party by giving everyone in the party equal playing ground”.
Hon Wihioka however promised to continue to work for the success of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu, BAT-Vanguard for the emergence of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
Also, two former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chief Friday Nkee-ee and Dr Chigbo Sam-Eligwe followed the trend of resignation from the party.
It will be recalled that Nkee-ee represented Khana State Constituency 2 in the 7th Rivers State Assembly while Eligwe represented Ahoada West State Constituency.
According to a letter addressed to the APC chairman in Ward 5 in the Khana local government area of the state, Nkee-ee said the APC has no value for its members.
”It is unreasonable to continue to remain in a family that does not value your person and contribution to the sustainability, stability and growth of the family,” he was quoted.
While assuring that his next political destination would be disclosed soon, he, however, said his support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains non-negotiable.
Eligwe on his part said he had watched the party being run as a fiefdom where one individual controls everything.
He said his hope of joining the party to serve the needs of his constituency was dashed and as such, can no longer stand by and watch helplessly.
His resignation letter addressed to the APC chairman of Ahoada-West Ward 10 reads in part.
“Since 2015, I have watched the party being run like a fiefdom where one individual has complete control over all decisions regarding party positions, employment opportunities and contracts,” he appended.
On his part, the former Nigerian Youth leader, worldwide, Comrade Yobana said he chose to leave the party because he could not see any bright future there.
Some of the high-profile members dumped the party for undisclosed reasons.