Ahead of next month’s gubernatorial election in Anambra State, the state’s Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, has defected from All Progressive Grand Alliance to All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aside from joining the ruling party, the deputy governor also proceeded to the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari for official presentation by party leaders.
Okeke was led to the president by the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.
Briefing State House Correspondents after presenting Okeke to Buhari, Uzodinma said that he was confident that there would be more defections to the ruling party before the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
However, APGA while reacting to the defection said that the deputy governor’s defection would have no negative impact on the party and it chances before, during and after the election.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bar. Tex Okechukwu, through a statement, said that the defection was long expected since he had been disturbed over his inability to secure the governorship ticket of the party for the November election.
According to him, “the deputy governor had thought that the governor and the party were going to hand over the governorship ticket of the party in the last primary to him on a platter. When that didn’t happen he started behaving abnormally, even to the point of insubordination and dereliction of duties.”
Okechukwu described Okeke’s defection without formal notification to the party or his principal, as uncalled for, ill-timed and ill-advised as the governor had always treated him with respect, love and consideration.
He frowned at the desperation being exhibited by the opposition APC in the build-up to the November 6 Anambra State governorship elections, calling on all members of the party to remain united to ensure that APGA won the election with wider margin
“Let nobody be deceived: APC has no root anywhere in Anambra State and that is why all that they do is going about luring political deadwood with money and other lucres. No matter the designs of the opposition and other subterranean forces, APGA Is poised to win the forthcoming election and continue with the massive infrastructural development going on in the state,” the statement said.