Dr Sampson Parker, a former Commissioner for Health under Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s administration on Sunday dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Parker joined a long list of former associates of Amaechi who have in recent months moved back to the PDP.
The events held at Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area was witnessed by Governor Nyesom Wike.
Parker said his defection was a “homecoming to the PDP family”, adding that his conscience and soul were at peace with his decision.
He also pledged his loyalty to the PDP and Governor Wike who he lauded for his developmental strides in Kirikese Kingdom.
Wike said: “Dr Parker was one of those God used alongside some of us to bring Amaechi in as Governor of Rivers State in 2007. We thought from that time, everybody will be united, but we didn’t know some persons had different plans, but God’s plan is always the best.
“When I was leaving in 2012, I told Dr Parker that things were not moving well and I am going, but he insisted that I should remain as there was a need for us to continue to be together.
“I am happy today my friend and brother has realised what I told him then and has returned to the PDP. Dr Parker came at the right time and nobody should discriminate him because, with the level of politics he had played, he will add value to the Party.”