by Dare Lawal
The leadership of the Rivers State House of Assembly has said that it remains firmly behind the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi and backed his decision to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The assurance of the assembly members loyal to Amaechi came on the heels of the decision last week of the chief whip of the House, Hon. Ikuinyi Ibani, to dump the Amaechi camp for the Felix Obuah-led PDP in the state. The assembly leadership said that the decision of Amaechi to leave the party was a testimony that nobody was paid or cajoled to stick to the governor in his fight to protect and project the interest of the people of the state.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Daniel Amachree, declared the unwavering support of majority of the state lawmakers to the administration of Amaechi, “as the governor continues to fight for the interest of the state at the national level and everywhere, irrespective of political affiliation.”
The statement, which was signed by the press secretary to the speaker, Udede Jim Opiki, maintained that the fight against injustice in the state was a test for the true believers in the cause.
He noted that all through history, those who keep standing in such fights usually suffer serious deprivation as well as make enormous sacrifices .