The Surprise package seems not to have been fully unwrapped in Rivers State following the Supreme Court verdict that upheld the election of Chf Barr. Nyesom Wike as the legitimate winner of the April 11th 2015.
Most recent unveiled from the surprise box is in Asari-Toru Local Government Area where an APC Chieftain, Chief Prince Lavender Longjohn.
He officially declared his defection at the Thanksgiving rally of the KUF in Buguma the headquarter of Asari-Toru LGA .
Lavender said in his defection speech that as a service oriented leader he can not serve in opposition.
” …I believe and stand for participatory democracy. You can’t serve your people especially in Nigerian democracy, in opposition.
In my own understanding you must be with the people to serve the people.
The mandate of Rivers State has been bestowed on the executive Governor of Rivers State as it was affirmed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
At this point I, Chief Lavender Longjohn has to sheath my sword… This is my time for service…
I serve King Amachree, I cannot stay outside of government to serve my king.
He (Chief Lavender) officially declared his Defection from the APC to the PDP.
Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo receiving Chief Lavender Longjohn to the PDP
He was received back into the PDP by the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo.
This is the second time major APC chieftains are defecting to the PDP since the Victory of Wike at the Apex Court.