Friday, January 21

SHOCKING: Anambra Deputy governor reveals why he dumped APGA

…storms Awka Govt House, first time in 3weeks after being in hiding for dumping APGA

It was a bag of mixed feelings when the embattled Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke stormed his office at the Anambra State Government House, Awka, for the first time since he dumped his erstwhile party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Okeke who had literally went into hiding for the past three weeks that he picked the APC membership card and was hosted lavishly in Aso Rock by President Muhammadu Buhari when he showed up at the nation’s seat of power with national officers of the party, used the opportunity of his re-appearance in Awka to field questions from inquisitive journalists who had besieged his office when the news filtered out.

Okeke made one thing clear; that he was not going to resign his position whatsoever, as being advised and expected by some people.

The visibly re-energized and confident former university don emphasized that contrary to speculative assumptions that he left because he was not given the governorship ticket of APGA to replace Obiano, pointed out that he left because highhanded treatment from the governor.

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That he was unjustly treated and completely sidelined from the government and party(APGA), to the extent that he didn’t know of anything happening in a government where he held the number two position!

Speaking on allegations that he was lured with huge sums of money to join the APC, Okeke said that was total falsehood meant to deceive and smear his reputation. He however disclosed that he gave only three conditions to leaders of the party, and that two had been met already.

“I was already thinking of joining the APC after my tenure as deputy governor, but when APC people came to me and I told them so, they said it was better for me to join now, as I could add so much value to their victory. I gave them three conditions and they accepted.”

These conditions include; defecting before President Muhammadu Buhari, a bullet proof vehicle and a federal appointment after his tenure as deputy governor, which he said was the only pending condition.

Speaking on the chances of APC in next Saturday’s election, Okeke said the chances of the party are high, and that its candidate too, has a greater chance of winning the election, while describing him as the best option for the state presently.

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He noted, “I have sat down and talked with Senator Andy Uba. He has listening ears, and a good heart. 

“Being a governor is not just about having chains of degrees, but one who is ready to assemble a good team, and also ready to listen to the team and the people he was elected to serve. I know that is where Andy is better than all of them,” Okeke said.

According to him, “within the period I have been deputy governor, I have been very loyal to my boss, but I have been unfairly treated, so I decided to leave the party.

“For four years, I drove one Prado jeep. At a stage, I was the only deputy governor in the country who drove a Prado. I was loyal to him and represented him in a lot of places and functions.

The only time I refused to represent him was when Dr Chike Akunyili was killed; and when he sent me to Enugu, I told him I needed security and also a bullet-proof vehicle because the atmosphere was tense highly insecure. But when they didn’t provide that, I decided not to go.

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“I have heard people asking me to resign, but I will never resign. The decision I made to join the APC is in my interest, the interest of my family and also in the best interest of members of my constituency, Njikoka, who I represent.

“I have people who have advised me that the position I hold is not for me alone, but for the people of my constituency, so I represent them.

“I was elected on the same ticket with the governor of Anambra State, and I did not beg him to choose me as his running mate for a second time. It was he who came to me and said I will run with him for a second term and we won.”

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