Some top stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Among the defectors are: Chima Obinna; former John Bazie; and Dr. Ipalibo Jenberetoa George
Chief Salvation Ezegwogwo (business mogul from Ahoada-East) and Johnny Soye Lulu-Barango joined APC.
They were welcomed by Minister of Transportation Chibuike Amaechi at the APC secretariat on Long Aba Road, Port Harcourt, at the weekend.
Amaechi used the opportunity to showcase his achievements.
He said: “There is not up to 10 per cent of politicians here who did not pass through me. I don’t drink, I have never tasted alcohol in my life, I don’t smoke, I am not tribalistic. If I were, I would have accepted tempting offers by the former president to remain in PDP, but I insisted that I will never leave President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I built projects in every village. We will challenge PDP to show us such projects in every village in the state. By the time I left government, my indebtedness was N17 billion, I challenge them if they have not borrowed up to N500 billion.
“During my tenure, I built all the federal roads to the tune of N104 billion. When the Federal Government said it could only pay N78 billion, I was not selfish to kill it. If I am evil, I could have killed it in the cabinet by simply lobbying my colleagues to never allow it see the light of the day, since I am no longer a governor, but not only did I argue that they must pay governors who worked on federal roads, but I insisted the money was not enough.
“Rivers’ interest is primary to me. Outside that, Nigerians interest is equally paramount to me.”