Eighteen commissioners in the cabinet of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who are also members of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)have been expelled from the party just a day after Amaechi and six other governors announced formation of Voice of the People (VOP) party.
While announcing their expulsion, Chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Felix Obuah said they were expelled for failing to appear before the performance evaluation committee of the party.
“We had no choice but to show them the way out of the party because we cannot continue to operate in this disorderly manner being a serious and disciplined political party”, the chairman said, adding that failure to appear before the committee was nothing but insubordination.
“Those expelled include: Mr George Feyii – Secretary to Government, Sir Tony Okocha – Chief of Staff to Government Hous, Dr Sam-Jaja – Former Deputy National Chairman PDP, Mrs Aleruchi Cookey-Gam – Administrator, GPHCDA, Mr Victor Giadom, Hon. Commissioner for Works, Hon Augustine D. Wokocha, Hon. Commissioner for Power, Worgu Bom Esq, Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Joe P. Poroma, Hon. Commissioner for Social Welfare & Rehabilitation, Ezemonye Ezekiel Amadi, Hon. Commissioner for Lands & Survey, Hon Fred Igwe, Hon. Commissioner for Sports, Hon Emmanuel Chinda, Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Mrs Joeba West, Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Patricia Simon Hart, Hon. Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Hon Okey Amadi, Hon. Commissioner for Energy, Mr Charles Okaye, Hon. Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Nnabuihe N. Imegwu, Hon. Commissioner for Culture & Tourism, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, Hon. Commissioner for Information & Communication and Mr Samuel Eyiba, Hon Commissioner for Local Government,” the statement said.