No consequence over deputy governor’s defection, says APGA


•Buhari welcomes Okeke to APC

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said the defection of Anambra State deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is of no consequence to the ruling party.A statement yesterday in Abuja by APGA National Publicity Secretary, Tex Okechukwu, said the deputy governor’s defection was long expected since he had allegedly been complaining about his inability to secure the governorship ticket of the party for the November election.“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,” the statement said.

The deputy governor left APGA without formal notification to the party or his principal.The statement said Okeke’s action was uncalled for, ill-timed and ill-advised, “as the governor had always treated him with respect, love and consideration”.

APGA frowned at the perceived desperation of the APC in the build-up to the November 6 governorship poll, urging its members to remain united to win the election with wider margin.

The APGA reaction came as President Muhammadu Buhari hosted Okeke yesterday in Abuja.Okeke was presented to the President at the Presidential Villa by the APC Caretaker Chairman and Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni.

Also present at the brief ceremony was Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, who was also at the Presidential Villa for a meeting with President Buhari.Uzodinma, who is also the Chairman of Anambra State APC Governorship Campaign Council, confirmed this to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari.He said: “Our people are now willing to join the winning team, which is the APC. At the last count, eight members of the House of Representatives from APGA and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have joined the APC.“Just this afternoon, the Deputy Governor of Anambra State joined the APC and has been presented to the President. So, what is remaining?“If there is any strong parameter for conducting an opinion poll, this exodus of legislators and the second-in-command in Anambra State should automatically translate into electoral victory,” he said.


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