APC Suffers Setback As Lawmaker Dumps Party


Last week, the mood in the Rivers State House of Assembly was solemn as a valedictory session was held for Third Republic Legislator, Chief Abbott Ogbobola.
But before the event which took place on Thursday, Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Martins Amaewhule played host to Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Ex- Councillors Forum from Obio Akpor.
He urged them to be united and ensure the party comes out victorious in the forthcoming 2019 elections.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi- Owaji Ibani was last weekend decorated for legislative excellence in the fight against Tuberculosis.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike during the event held at the Assembly said the speaker had, through legislation championed better health in the state.
On Tuesday, member representing  Tai Constituency, Hon Matthew Dike declared his exit from his former party, the All Progressives Congress(APC).
He was received into the PDP fold by the state party Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah and the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in Government House, Port Harcourt.
However, Hon. Dike did a formal cross carpeting on the floor of the Assembly last Thursday.
The former legislator was a pioneer lawmaker in the area. He died shortly after being kidnapped.
Member representing Ahoada 2 Constituency in the House, Hon. Edison Ehie lamented the death of an advisor, mentor and teacher, as he said Ogbobola would be greatly missed.
The speaker announced a three-member committee to oversee the burial arrangements of the elder statesman, and promised support to the family.