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Rotimi Amaechi’s supporters dump APC

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Supporters of former Minister of Aviation, Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers state have dumped the All Progressives Congress in the last week.

Many of his loyalists quit the ruling party over the unfair treatment meted to them with the latest exit coming from a former commissioner for Information and Communications in Rivers, Ibim Semenitari.

Others, who announced resignation in letters to their respective wards chairmen are Dawari George, Marvin Yobana (former Africa’s representative at the World Youth Assembly), Nkemka Amadi and Robinson Elechi.

All of them did not disclose their next political step as they exited the party.

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An APC chieftain, told Chronicle NG that Amaechi and his supporters are vexed at the move of the party to court Nyesom Wike without deferring to him.

Amaechi and Wike have been at loggerhead with Wike contesting the presidential primary on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party before losing out to Atiku Abubakar.

Ibim Semenitari is a supporter of Rotimi Amaechi

“His supporters are not happy that Bola Tinubu ignored him (Amaechi) a leader in the South South before he began to court. They believe that Tinubu and APC what him out of the party despite all he did for them,” the source said.

Semenitari in her resignation letter wrote: “I write to resign my membership of APC with effect from today.

“I appreciate the friendship, camaraderie and opportunities that this platform has provided me to serve my state, region and country even as I wish the party well.”

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Similarly, George, who was a strong ally of the former minister and a former commissioner for Youths under Amaechi’s administration, lauded the party for the support he got to serve it.

He was also the former chairman of the reconciliation committee of the party in Rivers State.

He, however, did not state the reason for his decision. The letter was addressed to the chairman of APC ward one in the state’s Asari Tori Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, Yobana, in his resignation letter, cited certain actions of the party which conflicted with his personal interest and political ideology as reasons for quitting the party.

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These APC chieftains and Amaechi’s allies’ exit came after his recent return from Abuja, where he took second position at the party’s recent presidential primary.

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