By Salim Yunusa

 

Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, has defected to All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

President Muhammadu Buhari received on Wednesday, the deputy governor at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 

The APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma led Okeke to the President.

 

Governor Uzodinma, who presented the new APC member to the President, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

 

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 that claims by Governor Willi 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 Apkanudoedehe, 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.

 

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

 

(Solacebase)

 

 

 

 

 

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