The defection of Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Engr. Tele Ikuru, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been described as good riddance to bad rubbish by Rivers APC.
In a statement yesterday, in Port Harcourt , Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said: “Contrary to the thinking in some quarters, the defection of Engr. Tele Ikuru did not come to us as a surprise. Rather than being shocked, we feel relieved that he is no more part of us because Ikuru was a PDP mole in our midst all these while. Unknown to most people, Ikuru initially refused to leave PDP for APC with Governor Rotimi Amaechi in November 2013. However, after series of meetings with his uncle and political mentor, Chief Uche Secondus, the National Vice Chairman of PDP, and some other PDP bigwigs, he was prevailed upon to follow his principal into APC.
“Engr Ikuru was asked to stay behind to monitor the activities of APC and most importantly to act as a mole for his uncle and plot the fall of APC in the State – a mission which he failed to accomplish because APC is not just a party in Rivers State but indeed a revolutionary movement fully embraced and jealously guarded by the people of the State.”
Dr. Ikanya disclosed that PDP and Engr. Ikuru’s calculation was that Governor Amaechi would be impeached by hook or crook to clear the way for Ikuru’s assumption of office as governor. According to him, “In keeping with the plot of making Ikuru the substantive Governor of Rivers State, PDP set in motion a machinery to use five misguided members of the State House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker, but the move was foiled by the Majority Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, and other loyal members of the House. The plan was that after impeaching the Speaker, the five renegade lawmakers would go ahead to impeach Governor Amaechi and subsequently declare Engr. Tele Ikuru as the substantive Governor.