By Codratus Godson
The Rivers State Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Christopher Udume, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring support for the re-election of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Government House Port Harcourt media unit announced that the SDP guber running mate defected with 98 percent of the Rivers State SDP Executive Committee and some party chairmen from the Local Government Areas.
Speaking during a defection meeting at the Rivers State PDP Campaign Office on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Udume said they were defecting to the PDP to assist Governor Wike secure his re-election.
He said: “On behalf of myself and supporters of the SDP, we wish to join the PDP. We are bold to say that you deserve to continue with your good works. We are here to say, re-elect Wike again. Your great works are there for all to see and we are therefore committed to ensuring that you get a second term”. He stated that the new PDP entrants will work with Senator-elect for Rivers South-east, Bari Mpigi, to ensure the total success of the party.
State Publicity Secretary of SDP, Inime Righteous, said that the party has come to identify with a success story. He said that they are motivated because evidence abounds on the achievements of the Governor.
Financial Secretary of the SDP, Adol Ibeka, said that the leadership of SDP has moved specifically to deliver Governor Wike during the 2019 Governorship election. Secretary of SDP, Cotterell Tumbodiaa, said that the second term of the governor is guaranteed.
Governor Wike received them and assured of his victory, and added that the SDP no longer has a candidate having lost the running mate at this point.
(Source: Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media)