Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, the Rivers state deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
Yeeh, after his resignation, visited Governor Nyesom Wike and the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Yeeh disclosed this in Port Harcourt on Monday, March 25, in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
He said he left the AAC in other for him to join hands with Governor Wike and move Rivers state forward.
The statement read:
"I write to most respectfully notify of my resignation from the membership of the African Action Alliance (AAC) with effect from today 25th March 2019 and subsequent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
"Please note also that by this notice, I cease to be the deputy governorship candidate of our party, the AAC, for the 2019 governorship election in Rivers state.
"My decisions were informed by the complete hijack of the structure and administration of our party by a faction of the APC in Rivers state led by the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for his personal political ambition.
"Furthermore, the Rotimi Amaechi led faction of the APC is not letting in its determination to subvert the will of Rivers people and cause crisis in the state using the platform of our promising party.
"In the circumstance, I cannot in all conscience continue to lend support to the selfish political venture of the minister of transportation, which does not mean well for the progress and development of the people of Rivers state.
"As a budding and promising politician, I also appeal to you to accept the reality of your crushing defeat and liberate yourself from being used by Rotimi Amaechi to cause unnecessary political crisis in our dear state.
"Thank you very much and please accept the assurances of my highest regards as always."
Meanwhile, in his reaction, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who spoke during a solidarity visit by Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh at the government house in Port Harcourt on Monday, said history will be kind to the former AAC deputy governorship candidate for placing Rivers interest above personal consideration.
"History will be on your side. You have shown that the interest of the state is above personal consideration. God will not only protect you, He will reward you for this decision.
"Rivers state is the only state we have. Everyone must work together to move this state forward. It is important to take this state to greater heights.
"It is not everyone that can take this kind of decision. It requires maturity to take this kind of decision," Wike said.
Going further, he welcomed Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh into PDP, noting that he will be part of the group to consolidate the development of the state.
"You are welcome to the party that will move the state forward. Those on the other side must understand that you cannot kill people, just to be in power. With this bold decision, our brothers on the other side know that the end has come," he said.
Governor Wike also thanked the former AAC deputy governorship candidate for refusing to allow himself to be a tool for the destabilisation of the state.
Prince Uche Secondus described the defection of the AAC deputy governorship candidate as a welcome development, which will help Rivers state move forward.
"This is a welcome development. This is what a normal situation is supposed to be. The people will see the reason why we must work together.
“This is an uncommon decision. You have taken a wise decision because you have the interest of the people at heart," he said.
While calling on INEC to bring the Rivers election to a logical conclusion so that the people can continue with their lives, Secondus also urged the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and other persons working with him to see reason why they should stop destabilising the state and causing confusion.
Recall that Legit.ng had previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed reasons the collation of results of the Rivers state governorship election which held on Saturday, March 9, was stopped.
The INEC national commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, said the electoral body was forced to stop the counting of votes and announcement of the results over what he described as a problem at the commission’s office in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
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