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Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke who recently dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally opened up on the actual reasons why he left his principal, Willie Obiano just few days to the November 6 poll.
Okeke who spoke to journalists inside the Anambra State government house on Friday, the first time he is visiting his office since his defection, insisted that he will not resign from his position as being advised by some people.
Okeke said he left because he was unjustly treated by his principal, and that he was totally sidelined from the party to the extent that he didn’t know anything happening in a government where he held the number two position.
‘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.
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 bulletproof vehicle, and when they didn’t provide that, I decided not to go.
‘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 as 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.’
Speaking on allegations that he was lured with huge sums of money to join the APC, Okeke said the allegations were false but stated that he gave three conditions to leaders of the party and that two of the conditions had been met.
‘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 to their victory. I gave them three conditions and they accepted.’
He listed the three conditions as; defecting before President Muhammadu Buhari, a bulletproof 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.
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