By Ayo Kehinde
The Deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), in Rivers State, on the February 23 election, Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, has resigned from the party and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP.
Addressing journalists at his home in Port Harcourt on Monday, Chief Yeeh said his troubled conscience has forced to renounce his membership of the party on account of the slavish demands and imposition forced on him and the governorship candidate by Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi before the Poll.
He said: “After due consultations with my immediate family, friends and supporters, I, Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, the Deputy Governorship candidate of the AAC for the 2019 Governorship election hereby resign my membership of the AAC and announce my defection to the PDP to join hands with Governor Wike to move the state forward “.
“I was the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the AAC in Rivers State up till today 25th March, 2019, when I decided to withdraw my candidature and resign from the party with immediate effect.
“The March 9 Governorship election in Rivers State has been lost and won; lost by my party, African Action Congress (AAC) and its Candidate, Engineer Biokpomabo Awara, and undoubtedly and overwhelmingly won by the Governor of Rivers State, the candidate of PDP, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.”
He said that despithe the interference and violence,
“The collated results further showed that contrary to the false claim of fictitious lead by the AAC/APC alliance, the PDP overwhelmingly won all the elections in 18 out of the 19 LGAs, culminating in the declaration and return of the party 26 House of Assembly Constituencies by the Constituency Returning Officers.
“This fact was confirmed on the 13th of March 2019, when INEC stated, as a matter of fact, that it had in it’s safe custody collated results for 17 Local Government Areas as well as the declaration of the PDP Candidates for 21 State Constituencies.
“The outcome of the elections on March 9, 2019 clearly showed the preference of the people of Rivers State. Even the blind can see and the deaf can hear the echo that Rivers people overwhelmingly voted to stick with Governor Wike for the next four years to encourage him to continue with the good works”.
On the role of the Minister of Transportation, Amaechi, he said the Minister forced him to sign an un-dated letter of resignation to be effective after their expected inauguration.
“I was forced to sign an un-dated letter of resignation as the Deputy Governor of Rivers State to pave way for Rotimi Amaechi to nominate another person as Deputy Governor.
“These were slavish conditions for any rational politician worth his name to accept, but I pretended to play along because doing otherwise at that time would have been too dangerous for the safety of my life, given Rotimi Amaechi’s desperation to remove Governor Wike from office and install his stooge in the person of Engr Awara against all odds”.
“Amaechi disclosed to us that he had already assembled security personnel drawn from the Nigerian Army, the Police, DSS and F-SARS to provide adequate security cover and enablement for members of the AAC and APC to effectively rig the Governorship election and have us declared as winners on March 9 , 2019”.
According to him, the the conditions were: “First, he (Amaechi) must be the one to appoint 90 percent of all political office holders, including commissioners, Special Advisers, and chairmen and members of Government Agencies and parastatals.
“Second, he must be the one to nominate and produce all the 23 Local Government Council Chairmen and other principal officers of the councils.
“We, that is, Engr Awara and my humble self must consult and take instructions from him on all financial, policy and fiscal matters, as well as award and payment of all contracts and other financial transactions upon inauguration as Governor and Deputy Governor of the state”.
“As a practicing Christian, I have come to the conclusion that the actions and desperate attempts by Amaechi and the AAC/APC alliance to rig the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State are both morally and legally wrong, reprehensible and inimical to the collective interest of the people of Rivers State.
“The Almighty God will not forgive me if I continue to lend my support to Rotimi Amaechi’s perfidy against the democratic rights of the people of Rivers State to freely elect their own leaders “.