President Muhammadu Buhari has received Anambra State Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke at Aso Rock after he defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He was presented to the president by APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni; and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at the State House in Abuja today.

Governor Uzodinma, who briefed State House correspondents shortly after the new APC member was presented to the President, said he remains confident that there will be more defections to the ruling party before the November 6 governorship election to be conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State.

The governor, who faulted that claims by Governor Willi Obiano of Anambra that members of the State House of Assembly who defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) were financially induced to join the ruling party stressed that rather than enticing the lawmakers with money, they were lobbied through persuasion and counselling.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the APC has inaugurated the party’s State Congress Committee chairmen and secretaries.

APC Caretaker Committee Secretary, Senator John Apkanudoedehe, who inaugurated the officials at the party’s secretariat in Abuja urged them to sustain the gains already made by the party’s leadership.

He also appealed to the newly inaugurated party officials to work hard and prevent disagreements that could affect the party’s fortunes in 2023.

Apkanudoedehe also commended the Senate for approving electronic transmission of election results for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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