Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State, may have to retrace his ways back to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He should consider these two reasons for returning to the PDP as the 2023 general elections approach after nearly a decade in the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Amaechi was one of the most powerful PDP politicians to abandon the party in 2014. Others were Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president, Aminu Tambuwal, the current governor of Sokoto State, and Bukola Saraki, the former governor of Kwara State. Amaechi is one of the few that remain in the APC.
The rift inside the APC’s Rivers State chapter is the first reason Mr. Amaechi should consider returning to the PDP. All has not been well with the chapter of the party since its formation. And, based on current trends, the crisis may persist beyond the general elections in 2023. Furthermore, Amaechi may be unable to lead a powerful party in the south-south state.
When a faction loyal to the former member of the Senate proclaimed its support for Bola Tinubu, the rift between Amaechi and Magnus Abe got even more deep. It is unquestionably necessary to explain that Amaechi was not carried along. The Rivers State branch is fractious, which should prompt him to return to his original political party.
Second, the former governor may get another chance to head Rivers State’s political structure. He used to be a formidable opponent. When Nyesom Wike took charge, Amaechi’s power dwindled quickly. Now, the former governor has an opportunity to redeem himself.
If Amaechi rejoins the PDP now or before the 2023 general elections, he will be able to challenge Wike for control of the party in Rivers State. Of course, Wike is not eligible for a third term as Governor of the state. The PDP ticket can then be obtained by another person.
So if the All Progressives Congress is unable to help Amaechi, he should just return to his original party, where he formerly held such esteem.