The toughest opponent to Governor Nyesom Wike and his reelection chances in Rivers state is Biokpomabo Awara of the African Action Congress (AAC). The change in fortunes for the AAC in Rivers came due to the endorsement the party received from former Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Now Amaechi’s endorsement is tearing the AAC apart: The deputy governorship candidate of the party, Akpo Bomba Yeeh, has withdrawn from the governorship race in the state and defected to the PDP.
Yeeh’s letter: In a letter to the party’s governorship candidate, Yeeh said he left the AAC because of the “complete hijack of the structure and administration of our Party by a faction of the APC in Rivers State led by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for his personal political ambition”.
“Furthermore, the Rotimi Amaechi led faction of the APC is not letting in its determination to subvert the will of Rivers people and cause crisis in the State using the platform of our promising Party.
“In the circumstance, I cannot in all conscience continue to lend support to the selfish political venture of the Minister of Transportation, which does not mean well for the progress and development of the people of Rivers State.
“As a budding and promising politician, I also appeal to you to accept the reality of your crushing defeat and liberate yourself from being used by Rotimi Amaechi to cause unnecessary political crisis in our dear State.”
INEC is expected to continue collation of the results in Rivers state in a few days. It is one of the few states without a confirmed winner, more than two weeks after the guber poll.