About a week to the scheduled March 28 presidential elections, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, on Sunday, March 22, announced his resignation as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also called urged his supporters to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, in the coming elections.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Ikuru, described the APC as “a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists, clothed in robes of pretence and deceit”.
“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 statement read.
“I therefore, on behalf of my teeming supporters and my humble self, denounce the APC and we all jointly and severally resign our membership of the APC,” it added.
In reaction, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, described as shocking the reasons advanced by his Deputy, Ikuru, for leaving the APC.
A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, noted that although Amaechi had not been formally informed of Ikuru’s defection, he wished him well in his decision.