The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, on Monday asked the Peoples Democratic Party faithful to fight and redeem the state from the All Progressives Party, even if it means shedding their blood.
According to Saharareporters, Mr. Ikuru made the call in Port Harcourt to a crowd of PDP supporters who turned out to welcome him after his defection from the APC.
“It is necessary for the sake of your fathers, for the sake of your mothers, for the sake of your brothers and sisters and for the sake of your children, every Rivers man must stand up to fight this evil among us,” Mr. Ikuru said. “If it demands your blood, so be it.”
The deputy governor also told the PDP supporters how his friend and boss, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, deceived him into leaving the party in 2013.
According to him, Mr. Amaechi made him to believe that joining the APC was the new order.
“I was deceived, I must confess,” he said. ” I was told that it was a new order. I did not know that it was all about the ambition of an individual. I say big thank you to you all PDP members because, when I was deceived out of PDP, if all of you had not stood your ground to keep the party alive, where would I have returned to?
“In our darkness, we thought that we were in the right place. What is happening in Rivers State today will haunt all of us if we allow it to go unchallenged.”
He announced that his supporters across the 23 local government areas of the state have agreed to dump the ruling APC.
Mr. Ikuru, who said genuine peace will return to the state after the March 28 presidential election, introduced some of his top supporters who defected with him including the former Deputy Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Victor Ere, APC Secretary in Andoni Local Government Area, Kingston Silvanus, amongst others.