By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.
The Rivers state deputy governor,Engr. Tele Ikuru, Sunday announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ikuru, who until now is one of Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s major allies, said he had found APC to be “a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists, clothed in robes of pretence and deceit”.
At a media briefing in Port Harcourt Sunday evenning, the deputy governor said, “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, as 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,” Ikuru said..
“After carefully studying, interacting and analysing 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.
Adding: “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.
In a symbolic washing of hand, Ikuru deeped his hands into a bowl of water and wash his hands off APC.
“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 succor 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.”