Nkem Okeke, the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, has insisted that he was not lured with money to defect from All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the Progressive Congress (APC).
Addressing newsmen recently, Okeke added that he left APGA because he had been treated badly by his principal, Governor Willie Obiano, and thought it was the right time to defect.
According to him, he was already thinking of joining the ruling national party after his tenure as deputy governor.
Speaking further, he revealed he agreed to join APC with three conditions, one of which is to be given a federal appointment, which he said is still pending.
“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.
“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.”
When asked about the chances of APC in the forthcoming election, Okeke said he “sat and talked with Andy Uba. He has listening ears and a good heart. Being a governor is not about having chains of degrees, but one who is ready to assemble a good team, and also ready to listen to them, and I know that is where Andy is better than all of them”.