The political drama in the oil-rich Rivers State is getting more interesting. The latest is that with the exit of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and a few of his loyalists from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a floodgate appears to have been opened for notable Rivers political leaders and those that were frustrated out of the party to troop back.
Among the eminent politicians that have staged a comeback to PDP include the former state governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, who contested the 2011 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Also back into the PDP fold is Hon. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, the erstwhile House Leader, who represented Opobo/Nkoro State Constituency under Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as Speaker. Gogo-Jaja also contested the 2011 election as running mate to Sir Celestine Omehia.
Both prominent politicians and statesmen who allegedly left the PDP previously because of Amaechi’s unacceptable leadership style have reportedly registered with the PDP in their various wards. Top sources have it that some party chieftains who decamped from their former parties with all their supporters are poised to ensure that the lofty ideals that made the PDP tick are restored with the exit of Amaechi.
Meanwhile, another top source at the Brick-House Rivers Government seat of power has it that the governor has been sending emissaries to elders of the state on the need for everyone to sheath their swords and sit on a round-table to sort matters out. How far he can go when several nerves have already been frayed is gist for the future.