The All Progressives Congress, APC, has dinied accusations in some quarters that its councillors during the tenure of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi, and some members of the party have left the party.
The councillors, in a statement by Taribo Williams, Gogo Nathan and some others, also said they were determined to pursue their suit in court challenging the dissolution of the local government sworn in by former Governor Amaechi before he left office.
It will be recalled that a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, had nullified the election of the 22 council chairmen and their councillors when Governor Nyesom Wike assumed office last year. The sacked council executives had challenged the action in court.
The ex-councillors said they had never contemplated negotiating their court action.
“The attention of the Rivers APC Councillors Forum of the 8th Legislative Assembly, elected 2015 under the immediate past administration of Amaechi have been drawn to an announcement on a private radio station in Port Harcourt, insinuating that over 200 of our members across the state have defected or are on the verge of defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“The statement alleged that some of our elected councillors have concluded plans to withdraw our case against the Rivers State Government at the Port Harcourt division of the Court of Appeal.
“It is on this note that we want to state clearly that none of our members from across the 319 wards of the state is defecting from our party, the APC, to anywhere. None of our members has also defected,” they said.