Chibuike Amaechi, Rivers State governor, has expressed shock at the reasons adduced by Tele Ikuru, his deputy, for resigning from the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In a statement by Ibim Semenitari, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication on Sunday, Amaechi said the deputy governor 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,” he said.
The governor said he had hoped that “the numerous rumours of Engineer Ikuru’s double-faced membership of the APC and open romance with the PDP were not true,” he however added that “every individual has a right to pursue his political dreams, as he deems most appropriate.”
The statement further stated that it was regrettable that Ikuru “chose the path of bare faced lies and name-calling rather than the path of simply retracing his steps to where he has always been.
“On a personal note, Governor Amaechi has accorded Engineer Ikuru all the privileges and respect due the office of the Deputy Governor and has treated him with love as a friend and brother.”
Ikuru resigned from the APC and immediately canvassed support for Nyesom Wike, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
He followed Amaechi to the APC after the latter and four other governors dumped the PDP for the opposition party in 2013.
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