By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
Rivers State governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, insisted that he has no intentions of leaving Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.
Meanwhile, Justice Emmanuel Ogbuji of a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, held that his court has jurisdiction to hear the suit by Governor Amaechi, challenging his suspension from PDP.
It will be recalled that Governor Amaechi was suspended by his party over alleged refusal to reverse the suspension of the elected officials of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
Meantime, insisting that he was still in PDP, contrary to rumours by the embattled Publicity Secretary of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Rivers State chapter, Jerry Needam, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. David Iyofor, in a statement, dismissed as outright lies and figment of the imagination, Needam’s claims that Amaechi had approached ACN leadership to join the party.
He said: “Governor Amaechi has no intention of leaving PDP. Everyone knows that he is already fighting his purported suspension in court. He believes that it is a PDP issue and in due course, the matter would be resolved. He has never met with anyone to discuss his leaving the PDP to join ACN or All Progressive Congress, APC or any other political party.
“Jerry Needam is a joker and no one should take him seriously. He’s just doing the bidding of his paymasters, a faction of PDP in Rivers State, that is doing everything it can, no matter how absurd and bizarre, so they can accuse Governor Amaechi of anti-party activities.
It is instructive to note that just a couple of days back, this same Needam was suspended from ACN for hobnobbing and working with the Felix Obuah faction of PDP in Rivers State against the interests of ACN. That leaves the question: who does Needam speaks for? Certainly, not for ACN. He can only be speaking for himself and his paymasters, who are well known to Rivers people. No one is deceived by his antics and comical statements.”