Former APC supporter and current PDP member Chris Finebone was a close ally of former Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi (PDP).
Finebone, the APC’s press secretary for years, announced his defection to Daily Trust on Thursday night.
But he didn’t explain his turncoat behaviour. According to a tweet from Finebone’s verified account: “Similanayi Fubara, PDP governorship candidate is my brother; know it and know peace!”
Finebone, the former State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davis Ikanya, and the PDP gubernatorial candidate all paid a visit to Governor Nyesom Wike at his Port Harcourt home on Ada George road shortly after he defected to the PDP.
That’s happening as Governor Nyesom Wike teams up with APC heavy hitters.
Speaker of the APC-controlled House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila was scheduled to dedicate several infrastructure projects in the state of Rivers today unless something unforeseen came up.
Wike has been busy this week, having projects commissioned by two powerful APC members: Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Senator Aliyu Wammako.
Although he was elected governor twice on the PDP ticket, Wike has been at odds with the party for some time and took some oblique punches at them during the ceremony.
If you claim Rivers State is unimportant, they will eventually say the same thing about you. We will not like you if you do not like us. That’s fine with us; if you like us, we’ll like you back. Our votes will not be wasted on anything. On Monday, he had warned that their votes would matter and that whoever they backed had to do right by Rivers State.
When Wamakko visited, Rivers’ governor remarked that he would still do well even if he didn’t remain in the PDP.
The fact that Wike and Amaechi both finished second in their parties’ presidential primaries is a happy coincidence.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu emerged as the flagbearer of the APC, while former Vice President Atiku Abubakar won the PDP nomination.
Wike has shown an interest in being Atiku’s running mate in the PDP, but Atiku ultimately chose Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
This caused yet another crisis inside the opposition party, and PDP leaders attempted to mediate between the two.
While Atiku and Wike did sit together last week at the home of Jerry Gana, a former Minister and major PDP member, the reconciliation dialogue has yet to produce the anticipated outcomes.
Amaechi, the APC leader in Rivers, may or may not approve of Finebone’s recent political move.
One of Amaechi’s supporters had previously told a national newspaper that the coalition between Wike and the APC’s powerful chieftains may convince Amaechi to switch back to the PDP.
Political pundits attribute the PDP’s loss of its 16-year reign at the centre in part to Amaechi’s participation in the G-7 walkout of the PDP Convention in 2013.
The APC and the G-7 leaders had banded together to overthrow the PDP, with Atiku at the helm.
Although Amaechi’s former Chief of Staff, Nyesom Wike, succeeded him as governor of Rivers in 2015, their animosity dates back to before Wike’s election.