Tens of thousands of members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from across the 23 local Government Areas of Rivers state reportedly took to major streets of Port Harcourt yesterday Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to celebrate the exit of Governor Chibuike Amaechi from PDP.
Marching from the state PDP Secretariat on Aba Road, through Garrison, Waterlines and Rumuola, the jubilant party faithful carried placards with varying inscriptions congratulating the PDP leadership and thanking God for hearing their prayers and ending the alleged intractable crisis in their party occasioned by Governor Amaechi’s inordinate political ambition.
A statement issued and signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser, Media to the state chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah said the spontaneous gathering and road march by the party members from all the wards across the state was a demonstration of the people’s unflinching faith in the PDP and peace longed for, and which has been restored with the exit of Gov. Amaechi into where he rightly belongs, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The statement commended the understanding, trust and orderly conduct exhibited by these party members and supporters, stressing that Amaechi and his decampee supporters should be gnashing their teeth for the blunder of pulling out of the PDP which it further described as a welcome development.
Addressing the crowd at the party secretariat before the liberty march, the state Deputy Chairman, Mouwan Etete, and secretary of the PDP, Hon. Ibibia Walter said it calls for a thanksgiving service that at last, the obstacle that had held the party down has been uprooted.
They noted that exit of Amaechi is a signal that the party remains supreme and will not tolerate indiscipline, warning that anybody that so indulges or seen to have indulged in anti-party activities will also be shown the way out.
“The PDP is happy with the latest development and wishes to reaffirm that the party is more united, purposeful and stronger as would be demonstrated in future elections in the state. We are on top of the situation”, they reassured.