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JUST IN: APC reacts as 27 PDP lawmakers in Rivers state join ruling party

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has opened its doors to embrace 27 lawmakers who have defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The State APC Caretaker Committee spokesperson, Chibuike Ikenga, expressed delight over the defection, viewing it as a positive stride toward effective governance in Rivers State.

Ikenga, who spoke to Punch hours after the defection, highlighted the APC’s readiness to welcome more members willing to join their ranks.

His words: “In an earlier interview, I did mention that our doors are open to welcoming anybody who is willing to be part of us.

“We are happy about this (lawmakers defection), and we expect that others will join so that we can swell the ranks of the APC and run the state properly. The defection of the lawmakers is a welcome development.”

The lawmakers, purportedly loyal to Minister Nyesom Wike of the Federal Capital Territory, collectively made the decision during a session held at the Assembly complex along Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, amid heightened security.

Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara immediately called for an emergency executive council meeting in response to the lawmakers’ mass defection.

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