Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has described as shocking, the reasons adduced by his Deputy, Tele Ikuru for defecting from the All Progressives Congress.
Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Ikuru had announced his resignation and defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“On behalf of my teaming supporters, and my humble self denounce the APC and we all jointly and severally resign our membership of the APC, the Deputy Governor had announced.
Reacting to the news through his Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, Governor Amaechi said he has not received formal notice from his deputy but wished him the best in his political future.
However, he noted that the reasons adduced by him 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
“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.”
The Deputy Governor’s statement announcing his defection reads;
“My dear People of Rivers State, I bring you honest and sincere greetings.
“Today, I address you out of the fullness of my heart. Recall that in December 2013, out of extreme loyalty to my Boss and friend, I joined the All Progressives congress (APC) along with other then disillusioned Rivers People.
“Ever since the true nature and motives of APC are unveiled, I have continued to twist and turn in extreme mental and emotional agony. The more I struggle to belong, the more the Rivers man in me rejects the APC. After carefully studying, interacting and analyzing the leadership of the party,
“I have come to the sad conclusion that the APC is a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists, clothed in robes of pretence and deceit. APC is a party founded on deception and it thrives on unholy propaganda and falsehood.
“I therefore, on behalf of my teaming supporters and my humble self denounce the APC and we all jointly and severally resign our membership of the APC.
“My dear people of Rivers State, we of this generation will not in good conscience expect forgiveness and compassion from our forebears, posterity, and the spirit of our unborn generations if it is recorded in the annals of history that after 48 Years of Rivers people supporting leaders from all other parts of this country with our votes and resources, we were the same that witch hunted and hounded down the very first ever President from this
region, granted us by providence. I wash my hands off this treachery.
“In the light of the above, I wish to urge all My Supporters, the Good People of Rivers State to join hands with other well meaning Nigerians to massively vote for President GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN (GCFR) and the Transformation Agenda that has brought so much relief and succour to the greatest number of Nigerians. I also urge all Rivers People to vote for Chief Barr Nyesom Wike (CON), who has shown by his antecedents, track records and boundless capabilities that he will deliver good governance to the People of Rivers State.
“Thank You and God Bless You All Abundantly.”