Rivers Deputy Governor Dumps Party For PDP
… He's A Mole – Andoni APC, Amaechi Wishes Him Well
BEVERLY HILLS, March 22, (THEWILL) – The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Engr. Tele Ikuru has left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with barely six days to the general elections.
Ikuru, who last year defected to the APC from the PDP alongside Governor Amaechi and several other key politicians in the state, reportedly announced his defection in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Sunday evening.
However, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi in a statement by Ibim Semenitari, Information Commissioner, wished Ikuru “all the best in his future political endeavours.”
“Whilst the news remains unofficial at this time, as the Deputy Governor is yet to notify His Excellency the Governor of his move, Governor Amaechi however wishes Engr Ikuru all the best in his future political endeavours.
“He however wishes to note that the reasons adduced by Engr Ikuru are shocking as Deputy Governor lkuru has consistently been the one driving political activities in his local government area of Andoni. He has also been the second in command driving politics and governance in Rivers state.
“On a personal note, Governor Amaechi has accorded Engr Ikuru all the privileges and respect due the office of the Deputy Governor and has treated him with love as a friend and brother.
“Though the Governor had hoped that the numerous rumours of Engr Ikuru's double-faced membership of the APC and open romance with the PDP were not true, he however appreciates the fact that every individual has a right to pursue his political dreams, as he deems most appropriate.
“It is however regrettable that Engr Ikuru has chosen the dishonourable path of bare faced lies and name calling rather than the more honourable path of simply retracing his steps to where he has always been,” Semenitari.
Meanwhile, the APC in Andoni, the hometown of Ikuru has described his defection as “A mere scratch on the surface of the towering popularity of APC in the State from the ward to the State.”
Speaking to Newsmen in Port Harcourt, a leader of the Party in Andoni Local Government, Hon Esuku Esuku described Tele Ikuru as an appendage of Prince Uchewaju Secondus who has been a mole in the system all these years.
Esuku said that the defection of Tele Ikuru was long expected since after he failed to secure the Governorship ticket on the platform of the APC.
The APC in Andoni said that both Tele Ikuru and his uncle Prince Uchewaji Secondus have never returned to Andoni on Election Day as they remain in Port Harcourt to write results. This is the first time that election results will be determined by actual followership, as the electorate will be expected to cast their votes using their PVC under the card reader system.
Esuku believes that Tele Ikuru's defection is to save him from the embarrassment he will receive confronting his uncle Prince Uchewaji Secondus on Election Day since their plan to secure the APC Governorship ticket did not materialise.
The APC leader called on party faithful to ignore Tele Ikuru, who he described as “a mole” and forge ahead to deliver APC's Presidential candidate General Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday March 28th, 2015 as well as Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside on April 11, 2015.