The chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr Davies Ikanya, has said that one of the reasons the deputy governor decamped to the PDP was his failure to realize his ambition of becoming the governor of the state.
In a statement he issued in Port Harcourt, shortly after Ikuru announced his defection, Ikanya, said the deputy governor’s defection did not come to many as a surprise.
According to him, the PDP and Ikuru had thought that Governor Amaechi would be impeached to pave the way for him to become the governor.
He alleged further: “In keeping with the plot of making Ikuru the substantive Governor of Rivers State, PDP set in motion, a machinery to use five misguided members of the State House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker, but the move was foiled by the Majority Leader, Chidi Lloyd, and other loyal members of the House.
“The plan was that, after impeaching the Speaker, the five renegade lawmakers would go ahead to impeach Governor Amaechi and subsequently, declare Engr. Tele Ikuru as the substantive Governor.
“When this plot failed, Ikuru was asked to remain in APC, in the hope that the Presidency would somehow, find a way to force Governor Amaechi out of office.”
As part of this plot, the Presidency contrived a crisis, with regard to the appointment of a Chief Judge for the State, but failed to actualise the appointment of Justice Daisy Okocha, who was expected to facilitate the impeachment of Governor Amaechi. When this plot failed, PDP resorted to the mobilisation of ex-militants, from Bayelsa and Rivers states, to protest in the State, in the hope that this would result in a insecurity crisis, to be used as an excuse by the Presidency to declare a state of emergency in Rivers, and impose Engr. Ikuru as Governor.”