Six Rivers State commissioners not expelled from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state have attributed their exclusion as a ploy to create disaffection and distrust within Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s cabinet.
According to Guardian News, the commissioners; Alice Lawrence-Nemi (Education), Sampson Parker (Health), Dr. Chamberlain Peterside (Finance), George Tolofari (Transport), Dr. Ipalibo Harry (Employment Generation and Employment) and Owunwene Wonodi (Youths Development), said they would sue the party for maliciously alleging they sent reports and representatives to the evaluation committee set up to assess pubic office holders.
The Felix Obuah-led PDP executive had on Monday expelled 14 Rivers commissioners and four other staunch supporters of the governor, for ostensibly failing to appear before an evaluation committee set up to assess the performance of public office holders.
However, while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, the six commissioners unanimously affirmed that their exclusion in the list of those expelled was aimed at creating rancour and division within the Rivers State executive council.
The lawmakers in a joint statement in reaction to the expulsion of 14 commissioners and others from the party said members of the Obuah-led faction in their unwarranted desperation for power do not have any idea of the constitution or membership of the PDP, hence their unguided pronouncements.
“In all, it is important once more to advise our supporters and constituents to remain calm and loyal to Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s administration as we are not distracted by the wanton vituperations of the derisory few. With God on our side, we shall overcome this macabre dance of ghosts,” they said.