Rivers State Deputy Chairman of African Action Congress (AAC), Amezhinim Atuma, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Earlier in the week, the party’s deputy governorship candidate, Chief Akpo Yeeh, joined the PDP.
Atuma, who on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, announced his decision, also tore his AAC membership card.
He condemned the All Progressives Congress (APC), alleging that the party unleashed mayhem on Rivers people through the use of security forces.
The Nation quoted him as saying: “As at March 27, 2019, every arrangement has been made to disrupt the collation and announcement of the governorship and House of Assembly elections’ results, as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) between April 2 and 5, 2019.
“There are plans to cause bloodshed, leading to total breakdown of law and order between April 1 and 5, 2019.
“This is in furtherance of their plan to create a state of emergency in Rivers State, wherein Governor Wike’s term in office would have expired.
“The petition filed against the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Rivers State, Mr. Obo Effanga, and the Chairman of the electoral commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, by the defeated AAC’s governorship candidate (Awara) contains the same false allegations with his suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja.”
He also claimed that the content of the affidavit sworn to by Yeeh was true and that from available data from AAC agents, the 2019 governorship election in Rivers was won by Wike.
Atuma said: “Our (AAC’s) party agents inundated us with information from across Rivers State that the PDP won the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“There is a sinister plot by members of the AAC and APC to rig the 2019 elections in Rivers State and subvert the will of Rivers people.”