Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amechi has wished his deputy,Engr Tele Ikuru who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday well adding that the reasons adduced by his deputy for his defection were “shocking”.
A statement issued after Ikuru defected said, “ Amechi 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”.
Amaechi who spoke through Mrs Ibim Semenitari, Commissioner for Information said “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”.
”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”, the statement said.
Recalling recent reumour about Ikuru, the statement noted “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 statement said.
Ikuru in a statement announcing his defection to PDP claimed that “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 pretense and deceit. APC is a party founded on deception and it thrives on unholy propaganda and falsehood.”