By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, formerly received the state Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, and a handful of other decfectors from All Progressives Congress, APC, in Andoni Local Government Area into its fold, yesterday.
The state Chairman of the party, Mr Felix Obuah, who received the defectors said some commissioners in the state cabinet had hinted him of their intention to also cross over to the PDP, stressing that only five commissioners were truly in the APC.
“As I speak with you, Governor Rotimi Amaechi has only five commissioners with him. We have more of the members of the state House of Assembly. Let him remain in APC because I am not ready to receive him back to the PDP,” he said.
The Deputy Governor, Engr Ikuru, who chanted “backward, APC” slogan as he mounted the rostrum, said he took a wise decision to have dumped the APC for the PDP.
According to him, generations of Niger Deltans would not have forgiven him if he had worked against the re-election of a son of the region, President Goodluck Jonathan.
Describing the APC as a party of deceptive minds, Ikuru appealed to all Rivers sons and daughters to ensure that they vote the PDP in the coming elections.
He said: “What is happening in Rivers State will haunt us if we allow it. If we allow it, our unborn children will suffer to the fourth generation. Every Rivers man must stand up and fight this evil among us. If it demands your blood, so be it, because there is evil in the land.
“When I was deceived out of this place, I was told it was a new order but they were lies, the ambition of one man. My supporters all over the state have agreed we are leaving the evil called APC. We have come to work, to deliver the PDP.”
Mr Victor Ere, who was Chairman of the APC in Andoni council, until yesterday, also decamped with the deputy governor, saying he too had left the APC for good.Governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Nyesom Wike, who lauded the decampees for the step they took, urged people of the state to vote for President Jonathan.
“Why can’t some people wait? In the next 48 months, Jonathan will hand over power having completed his second term. Why can’t some people wait?” he wondered.