ERSTWHILE national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chief Victor Umeh has tipped the party to win the forthcoming Anambra Central Senatorial election rerun slated for January 13 with a landslide.
By Mathew Onwuasoanya
Chief Umeh, who is also the APGA flagbearer in the election, made this projection Saturday at Ovala Square Aguleri, Anambra East local government area in an interaction with newsmen.
He was among the crème de la crème of Igbo social and political circles that graced the 2018 Ovala festival of the Aguleri Kingdom.
According to Umeh, the party is poised to take the national assembly by storm having successfully surmounted every hurdle and bobby traps mounted on its way by those called fifth columnists and enemies of the people.
“It has been a tortuous journey to come where we are today. Beginning from the 2015 general election when enemies of ndi Anambra upstaged APGA’s clear victory in Anambra Central senatorial district until now that they have seen that the truth may be delayed but can never be defeated, the road had never been easy. But today, the coast is clear; election will be held in Anambra Central district on January 13, and with the full support of our people, APGA will not only win again but the party will win in landslide,” Umeh said.
On what the mood in the party is at present as the D-Day draws nearer, the political chieftain said that there is no cause for alarm with all hands on deck, adding that Gov. Willie Obiano’s recent re-election has presented an added impetus for APGA to go all the way in victory.
“You can see that election day is just a week away, and we’re here enjoying ourselves – identifying with the people of Aguleri ancient kingdom on this great day as our way of promoting culture in Anambra state. That shows you that we are relaxed and doing our homework very well for a resounding victory. We encourage our people to troop out en masse and cast their ballot for the only party that is truly pan-Igbo, the only party that will make Igbo people proud and a true force to be reckoned with in the political dynamics of Nigeria. Of course you also know that Gov Obiano dusted other contestants for APGA in posting that historical 24/24 victory on Nov. 18, 2017. In the Anambra central rerun, we will make it 7/7 by winning all the seven council areas in the district,” Umeh continued.
It will be recalled that Anambra Central comprises seven local government areas namely: Awka-North, Awka-South, Idemmili-North, Idemmili-South, Dunukofia, Njikoka and Anaocha.
Chief Umeh also disclosed that with the people and their mandate behind him, he will ensure that people of the Anambra Central senatorial district will tremendously benefit from his wealth of experience and political clout as their senator.
“I have always made myself available for the service of my people, and there is no looking back. As I did at the last national conference, I will bring quality representation to the doorstep of our people, giving ndigbo a strong, reliable and compelling voice in the senate to bring whatever is due to us. By the grace of God, I will network for the implementation of the recommendations in the 2014 national conference, especially the additional one state that is long overdue due to the southeast geo-political region,” he added.
Umeh further called on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide a level playing ground in the election by ensuring that only those who are qualified to participate – in accordance with the Court of Appeal judgement – will have their names and parties on the ballot paper.
Meanwhile, INEC has assured that there is no going back on the January 13 date it has fixed for the election, adding that non-sensitive materials have started arriving at its headquatres in Awka,
Other dignitaries at the Ovala Aguleri festival which was celebrated by Igwe Christopher Idigo include Gov. Willie Obiano who was conferred with the chieftaincy title of —————————————–, Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof Joseph Ahaneku, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC) Sir Chuka Nnabuife, among other distinguished guests.