The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers state chapter may have suffered a severe blow after findings emerged that the deputy governor of the state, Engr. Tele Renner Ikuru has concluded plans to dump the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to Daily Post, the defection of the deputy governor is one of the grand plans of the PDP to truncate the chances of the APC and in the coming elections.
A source who confided in the Daily Post said the inability of the deputy governor to secure the governorship ticked under the umbrella of his party has put him at a loss after many years of loyalty to Governor Amaechi.
He said “The Deputy Governor has been angry since he lost the APC governorship ticket to Dakuku Peterside. To compound his woes, the party Chairman (Davies Ikanya) hijacked the party structure of Andoni from him. But His Excellency (Amaechi) has been quiet. He did not do anything about it. He is not always in the state to address issues at home.
“It was all over the media that Deputy is not happy. He has been loyal to His Excellency for the past 7 years, especially during the Governor’s travails.
“The man had to go instead of losing everything. And many more will go too. We don’t blame him. The PDP brought a better offer even after releasing so much money to him. We hope this serves as a lesson to Governor Amaechi. It is quite unfortunate."
However, Tele Ikuru is yet to make his defection to the PDP official, but findings have it that the deputy governor plans to make the announcement in the coming week before the presidential election.
UPDATED: The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru has officially declared his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), today, March 22.
He has been Governor Chibuike Amechi’s deputy sine 2007 and has been campaigning for the APC along with Amechi until he declared his defection.