Twenty-five members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, joined Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in the All Progressives Congress (APC).The lawmakers officially declared their defection to the APC during a session in the assembly and House Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers, said they had ceased to be members of the PDP.
Lloyd also added that further correspondence to them should bear the APC.While speaking during the session, Lloyd said: “The 25 pro-Amaechi lawmakers have asked me to declare our formal defection to All Progressives Congress (APC). Henceforth, 25 of us should be referred to as All Progressives Congress members. We are telling the world today that we are all members of APC.”
Speaker of the house, Hon. Otelemaba Dan-Amachree, while responding to the defection of the lawmakers, told his colleagues to document their decision.Leadership reports that the defection of the lawmakers is coming after the kidnapped member of the River State House of Assembly, Hon. Golden Ngozi Chioma, regained his freedom after about one week in captivity.