Gale of defections in Anambra as deputy governor dumps APGA

President Muhammadu Buhari receives, Anambra State Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke at the State House in Abuja straightnews
President Muhammadu Buhari receives, Anambra State Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke at the State House in Abuja

Gale of defection is gripping Anambra State as the deputy governor, Nkem Okeke, has dumped All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Okeke was formally presented Wednesday to President Muhammadu Buhari at Presidential Villa, Abuja, by a delegation led by National Chairman of the APC, and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

Imo Governor Hope Uzodinma, who is also the Chairman Anambra Governorship Campaign Council, confirmed this to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said Okeke was presented to the president by the Chairman of the Interim National Committee of the APC and Governor of Yobe, Mala Buni.

According to the governor, many prominent politicians are defecting to the APC because of the development projects of the Buhari administration in the Southeast.

“Our people are now willing to join the winning team, which is the APC party. At the last count, eight members of the House of Representatives from APGA and PDP have joined the APC.

“Just this afternoon, the Deputy Governor of Anambra joined the APC and has been presented to the president so, what is remaining?

“If there is any strong parametre for conducting an opinion poll, this exodus of legislators and the second in command in Anambra should automatically translate into electoral victory,” he said.

Six members of the Anambra State House of Assembly have dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recall that in September 2021, seven lawmakers: Nonso Okafor, representing Nnewi North; Timothy Ifedioramma, representing Njikoka 1; Cater D. N Umeoduagu, representing Aguata 1; Lawrence Ezeudu, representing Dumekofia; Arthur Chiekwu, representing Idemmih North and Edward Ibuzo, representing Onisha North 2 dumped APGA.

Already, former Minister of Aviation and serving Senator, Stella Oduah, had dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) just to swell the rank of APC.

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These defections came after President Muhammadu Buhari received Senator Andy Uba, the APC Candidate at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Anambra State governorship election is scheduled for November 6, 2021.