Ikuforiji, in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists, described the report as the handiwork of detractors and mischief makers within the party bent on creating an illusion where no exists.
He said: There is no iota of truth in it and this is just the handiwork of crooked persons who unfortunately we have found ourselves in the same boat with.
“They are just out to make mischief because it is their own stock in trade. After they have tried all means to push the Governor and they have seen that with God and his performance, he is a popular Governor and there is not much they can do with him.
“Now they want to start creating trouble with anyone that they feel is in good relationship with him and of course I know the unscrupulous person who started this whole thing.”
Downplaying the report suggesting that he was eyeing Ambode’s seat, Ikuforiji recalled that he had in 2016 thrown his weight behind the Governor to perform beyond expectations that would earn him a well deserved second term.