I foresaw Obiano’s problems – Former Deputy Governor

By David Onwuchekwa Nnewi

Former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke has opened up just a month after leaving office amid controversy over his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The deputy governor who is currently the zonal secretary of the APC national zoning committee during a press conference at his home in Enugwu-Ukwu said he had no regrets about joining the party because it would allow him to do national politics to contribute his quota to the state. and the development of the nation.

He thanked the people of Anambra for the opportunity given to him to serve the state as Deputy Governor. He gave special thanks to former All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) President, Senator Victor, who he said facilitated his selection to replace former Governor Willie Obiano.

He said Obiano had also shown him kindness by insisting on working with him in his second term despite pressure from some quarters for the former governor to drop him. He noted that the opportunity given to him to serve for eight years made history as the first deputy governor of Anambra to do so.

Dr Okeke said what happened to former Governor Obiano regarding his case with Economic and Financial Crime Control (EFCC) could have been avoided if the former Governor had surrounded himself with people of integrity who should have tell him what he needed to hear and not those who told him what he would like to hear.

“I knew something was going to happen, but I didn’t expect it the way it happened. I thank God he was released. But as a human being, I have mixed feelings. All of this could have been avoided.

“A good leader must surround himself with people of integrity, people he will listen to, people who will advise him and whom he will listen to. This is my advice to the new Governor, Professor Charles Soludo,” he said.

He revealed that until he left office, his severance rights and benefits were not paid to him. He said he didn’t get what he was supposed to get as deputy governor. He hopes that Governor Soludo will do the necessary in this regard at the appropriate time.

Dr. Okeke noted that he had his expectations during his tenure, but things did not go as he had planned. He explained that the governor was all in and everything he said he could do, he would do.

Okeke said he tried to advise when necessary, although his advice was not accepted most of the time, adding that he tried his best.

On his defection from the APGA to the APC, he said, “My joining the APC has to do with what comes next after being Deputy Governor for eight years. I decided it was time to get into national politics. And to do this, there is the APC and the PDP. I chose to join the APC as the ruling party.

“I know some people were not happy with this decision that I made. I don’t restrict my thought processes. I looked at what the APC did for Anambra and in fact for the whole South- I looked at the second Niger bridge and I know what this bridge could bring to the State once it is put into service.

“We have many people from Anambra in the APC who contribute their quotas to the development of the state. I have no regrets. It is thanks to the APC that I will get national attention, which is happening now. The party welcomed me with open arms,” noted Dr Okeke.

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