Anambra Deputy Gov defects to APC, received by Buhari

Anambra Deputy Gov defects to APC, received by Buhari

The Deputy Governor of Anambra State Dr. Nkem Okeke on Wednesday, October 13, joined the All Progressive Congress, APC ahead of the gubernatorial election which is set to hold in the state on November 6, 2021.

1st News reports that Okeke was presented as the newest APC member to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja, by the Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma.

Okeke was said to have been sidelined entirely from the affairs of the government for the major part of his second term in office as Deputy Governor.

Rumours also have it that his entitlements and allowances have been stalled for some period of time which precipitated his defection to APC.

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Meanwhile, Gov. Uzodinma has called for the establishment of a special fund to compensate the South-East, as a result of the devastation of the area during the civil war.

Uzodinma made the call in Owerri on Wednesday while declaring open a zonal public hearing on the review of the current revenue allocation sharing formula, organised by Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) for the South-East zone.

“I think the debacles of the civil war led the South-East into a deep poverty level; houses were burnt down, people were killed.

“Only recently, a special law was enacted as the North-East Development Commission arising from the disaster of Boko Haram incidents.

“But the 30-month civil war that ended in 1970 left the South-East in a state of penury,” the governor noted.

He said, if created, the special fund would provide succour to those who lost their properties and family members during the civil war.

The governor also said that the current revenue allocation formula which was last reviewed in 1992 was obsolete, given the reality of the economy and developments that followed the last review.

Uzodinma, who called for a review of the sharing formula, said the South-East has suffered great injustice on how revenues accruing from the zone are being shared.

“Today, as it stands, the Federal Government takes home 52.68 per cent, state governments, 26.72 per cent, while the 774 local government areas take home 20.60 per cent,” he noted.

He said Imo currently has seven oil-producing companies, but expressed concern that 43 oil wells were wrongfully allocated to Rivers.

 

 

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