Thousands of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took to the streets in Portharcourt to celebrate the exit of Governor Chibuike Amaechi from the party.
Party members led by top PDP bigwigs in the state marched from the state PDP Secretariat on Aba Road, through Garrison, Waterlines and Rumuola, the jubilant party faithful carried placards with varying inscriptions congratulating the PDP leadership and thanking God for hearing their prayers and ending the alleged intractable crisis in their party occasioned by Governor Amaechi’s inordinate political ambition.
A statement issued and signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser, Media to the state chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah said the spontaneous gathering and road march by the party members from all the wards across the state was a demonstration of the people’s unflinching faith in the PDP and peace longed for, and which has been restored with the exit of Gov. Amaechi into where he rightly belongs, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party in the statement commended the understanding, trust and orderly conduct exhibited by these party members and supporters, stressing that Amaechi and his decampee supporters should be gnashing their teeth for the blunder of pulling out of the PDP which it further described as a welcome development.
Addressing the crowd at the party secretariat before the liberty march, the state Deputy Chairman, Mouwan Etete, and secretary of the PDP, Hon. Ibibia Walter said it calls for a thanksgiving service that at last, the obstacle that had held the party down has been uprooted.
They noted that exit of Amaechi is a signal that the party remains supreme and will not tolerate indiscipline, warning that anybody that so indulges or seen to have indulged in anti-party activities will also be shown the way out.