The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has pleaded with Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Chibuike Amaechi, not to defect from the party. Anenih, accompanied by other members of the BoT, made the plea when he visited Amaechi Tuesday in Port Harcourt.
Anenih’s visit to Amaechi coincided with a statement by the party Tuesday that its National Working Committee (NWC), headed by the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and BoT were not working at cross-purposes. The visit came amidst fears that Amaechi along with his supporters were preparing to leave for another party.
Amaechi’s recent romance with governors and members of the merging opposition coalition preparing to form the All Progressives Congress (APC) was said to have piqued the leadership of the PDP which felt that it was an indication that the governor might quit the party. Although Anenih’s meeting with Amaechi was held behind closed doors, a source at the meeting told THISDAY that while the BoT chairman said Amaechi remained an asset to the party, Amaechi gave conditions for his continued stay in PDP.