The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has expressed joy over the exit of the state deputy governor, Tele Ikuru, from the party, describing him as a “mole” in the party.
Mr. Ikuru resigned his membership of the APC on Sunday, describing it “as a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists clothed in robes of pretence and deceit”.
He also canvassed support for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Nyesom Wike.
The governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has since expressed shock over the reasons given by his deputy for dumping the APC, which both of them joined in 2013.
In a statement, the Chairman of the APC in Rivers State, Davies Ikanya, described Mr. Ikuru’s exit as “good riddance to bad rubbish”.
He 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.”
Mr. Ikanya alleged that the calculation of the PDP and Mr. Ikuru was that Mr. Amaechi would be impeached by hook or crook to clear the way for him (Ikuru) to assume as governor.
He said in keeping with the plot of making Mr. Ikuru the substantive governor, the PDP set in motion a machinery, to use five members of the State House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker, but the move was foiled by the Majority Leader, Chidi Lloyd, and other members of the House.