Anambra Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke defects to APC

By AdvocateNews on 13/10/2021

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The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke has officially defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Dr. Okeke was welcomed into the party by President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

Also, in attendance was the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman Mai Mala Buni, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and other members of the party.

Okeke had served as Anambra State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Commissioner for Works and Transport in the administration of Governor Peter Obi before he was elected Deputy Governor under the outgoing administration. 

Governor Uzodinma briefed State House correspondents shortly after the new APC member was presented to the President.

He is confident that there will be more defections to the ruling party before the November 6 governorship election to be conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State.

The governor, however, faulted the claims by Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra that members of the State House of Assembly who defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) were financially induced to join the ruling party.

He stressed that rather than enticing the lawmakers with money, they were lobbied through persuasion and counselling.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the APC has inaugurated the party’s State Congress Committee chairmen and secretaries.

APC Caretaker Committee Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, who inaugurated the officials at the party’s secretariat in Abuja urged them to sustain the gains already made by the party’s leadership.

He also appealed to the newly inaugurated party officials to work hard and prevent disagreements that could affect the party’s fortunes in 2023.

Akpanudoedehe commended the Senate for approving electronic transmission of election results for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari receives Anambra State Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke; APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni; and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at the State House in Abuja on October 13, 2021.

Posted 13/10/2021 7:49:25 PM

 

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