The attention of the Rivers APC Councillors Forum of the 8th Legislative Assembly, elected 2015 under the immediate past administration of His Excellency former governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been drawn to an announcement on Rythm 93. 7 Fm 7.am news, a private radio station in Port Harcourt, insinuating that over 200 of our Honourable members across the state have defected or are on the verge of defection from the APC to the PDP.
The statement also alleged that some of our elected councillors have concluded plans to withdraw our case against the Rivers State Government at the Port Harcourt division of the court of appeal.
It further quoted one 'Tamunoemi Williams' in the radio voice inserts saying, he is a councillor from Bonny local government area, that he is leading 200 elected councillors to the PDP.
It is on this note that we want to state clearly that none of our members from across the 319 wards of the state is defecting from our party APC to anywhere. None of our members have also defected.
We also want to place on record that the Rivers APC Councillors Forum under our leadership has no plan whatsoever to seek for the withdrawal or the discontinuation of our case before the Appeal Court Port Harcourt.
Our case in court is at advance stage and we believe justice shall be served in no distance time. Our grassroot supporters from across the state is hereby assured that we shall pursue our case to a justifiable end.
As a matter of fact, from records available to us at the state level of the Forum, there is no such councillor by the name "Tamunoemi Williams" on the list of our elected honorable members from Bonny LGA.
For the avoidance of doubt, we've here list of authentic elected APC councillors with their contact information particularly from the 12 wards of Bonny LGA, as a proof that the said "Tamunoemi Williams" is an impostor. He is not on our list of membership from Bonny LGA, he is not a councillor.
BONNY 8th LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY LIST.
1. Hon Taribo Williams = 08161870661
2. Hon Ibiwangi Halliday = 08132395055
3. Hon Gogo Nathan = 08036723362
4. Hon Daniel Pollyn = 08033167633
5. Hon Michael Bluejack = 08134604357
6. Hon Happiness Pepple = 08068804480
7. Hon Hanson Hart = 08163756815
8. Hon Idaopu Halliday = 08188412480
9. Hon Chamberlain Brown = 08084715958
10. Hon Teimbo fresh Teimbo
11. Hon Michael Orumbie
12. Adawari Julius Jumbo
On the strength of the above, it is now crystal clear that the said radio announcement has no atom of truth in it. It is mere figment of imagination of the gullible author struggling to satisfy his selfish desires .
The Leadership of the Rivers Councillors Forum, on behalf of 319 elected honorable members will like to unequivocally denounce this baseless defection rumors making the rounds. They are all false and are handiwork of mischief makers professionally crafted to deceive our supporters and some unsuspecting members of the public, and with the aim of setting confusion in our ranks.
Unbehalf of the 319 APC elected councillors of Rivers State, we will like to seize this opportunity to pledge our unshakable loyalty and confidence in our party APC under the able Leadership of Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
None of our councillors is defecting to nowhere. We remain steadfast and comfortable in the APC because we believe our future and destiny can be better guaranteed within the progressive family.
Finally, we'll like to advise journalist especially Rythm 93. 7 Fm to always crosscheck there facts before rushing to publication.
Dae Stephen Deegbara.
Chairman, Rivers Councillors Forum.