BREAKING: Rivers State Lawmaker Makes U-turn After Defecting to APC, Returns to PDP

BREAKING: Rivers State Lawmaker Makes U-turn After Defecting to APC, Returns to PDP

  • A lawmaker representing Okrika in the Rivers house of assembly, Linda Somari Stewart, has reportedly made a U-turn on her earlier defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • had on Monday, December 11, reported that the 27 lawmakers loyal to the immediate past governor of the state and minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to APC
  • But in a recent development, the South-South stalwart has officially announced her return to the PDP journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria

Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Linda Somari Stewart, one of the 27 Rivers state house of assembly members who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), has made a U-turn.

According to Sahara Reporters on Wednesday, December 13, Stewart, the lawmaker representing Okrika in the Rivers state assembly “made a u-turn as the seats of the defectors were about to be declared vacant”.

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The political crisis in Rivers state continues. Photo credits: @emmaikumeh, @excelength, @GovWike
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Her defection means Stewart has moved from minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike’s camp to Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s camp. It also means that she returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), New Telegraph noted.

27 pro-Wike lawmakers dump PDP for APC in Rivers

Earlier, reported that about 27 members of the Rivers state house of assembly, who are said to be loyal to Wike defected to the APC.

The lawmakers dumped the PDP for the APC on Monday, December 11, during the sitting of the house.

"27 Rivers' lawmakers' seats already vacant" - Lawyer also reported that a lawyer, Kalu Kalu, has said the 27 lawmakers from Rivers state who recently left the PDP in Rivers state have lost their seats in parliament.

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Kalu, in an interview on Arise News on Tuesday, December 12, noted that the law states that an elected official can only defect from his party to another during the course of his term if there is a leadership struggle within the party.

Amid crisis, Fubara presents 2024 budget

In another related news, reported that Governor Fubara unveiled the 2024 appropriation bill to a faction of the state house of assembly with five members aligned with him.

The presentation took place shortly after the commencement of the demolition of the Assembly complex.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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