The fortunes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State continue to diminish in each passing day as members leave in droves.
Latest chieftain to call it quits with the APC is former Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications under Rotimi Amaechi, Ibim Semenitari, who has left the party to join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Semenitari, an ally to the former Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, had resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in July this year, but was hitherto quiet about her next political destination.
Semenitari was received back to the ruling party in the Okrika Local Government Area of the state by the Executive Chairman of the Council, Akuro Tobin, a former Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, and other chieftains of the party on Saturday.
The erstwhile acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) had on July 10, 2022, dumped the APC after transmitting a formal letter to the APC Chairman in Ward 5, Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Although she did not state her reason for leaving the party, many believed that it was connected to the leadership crisis rocking the party, culminating in a gale of resignations and defections from the APC in the state led by Amaechi.
Semenitari, an ace journalist and CNN award winner, was in the kitchen cabinet in the administration of Amaechi as Governor of the crude oil and gas-rich state.
Another chieftain of the APC, this time from Khana Local Government Area of the state, who has thrown his resignation of the party is Chief Mike-Lube Nwidobie, a member of the APC Campaign Council in the LGA.
In his resignation letter addressed to the State Chairman of the APC, Chief Emeka Beke on Tuesday, Chief Mike-Lube Nwidobie thanked the party for the opportunity to serve the party at both leadership, caucus levels of APC and leader, Ward 11 of APC in Khana Local Government Area.
“I also thank you for appointing me into the APC State Campaign Council, but due to very personal reasons, I hereby tender my resignation”, he wrote, urging the party to accept his ‘consideration of the highest esteem’.