The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Andoni, home town of Rivers State Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru, has described his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a mere scratch on the surface of the party's towering popularity in the state.
Speaking to reporters in Port Harcourt, a leader of the party in Andoni Local Government, Hon Esuku Esuku, described Ikuru as an appendage of the PDP National Organising Secretary, Prince Uchewaju Secondus.
Esuku said Ikuru's defection was long expected after he failed to secure the governorship ticket on the platform of the APC.
Esuku said: "This is the first time that election results will be determined by actual followership as the electorate will be expected to cast their votes, using their PVC under the card reader system."
Esuku believed that Ikuru's defection was to save him from the embarrassment he and Secondus would receive on election day since their plan to secure the APC governorship ticket did not materialise.
The APC leader urged party faithful to ignore Ikuru and ensure victory for APC's presidential candidate Gen. Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday and Peterside on April 11.