The outcome of the last Saturdays National Assembly election in Anambra Central Senatorial districts has proven that Chief Sir Victor Umeh is afterall a paper tiger, contrary to his claims. Contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the Anambra Central Senatorial district, seat Sir Victor Umeh who doubles as the National Chairman of the party was roundly beaten to a 2nd position by Hon. Uche Ekwunife.
Umeh had earlier boasted that he would win massively and go ahead to represent the people of the area at the red chambers of the National Assembly but the result has proven that he does not even command the followership and goodwill of even the APGA members in the area. Part of his undoing was his decision to contest against Uche Ekwunife long after the iron lady had confided in him of her desire to contest for the seat under the APGA platform. Victor Umeh who literarily ran APGA as a personal enterprise for the past 12 years during which period he graduated from the position of National Treasurer to that of National Chairman, had equally endorsed and collected huge sums of money from Uche Ekwunife only to make a volte face and threw his hat into the ring to challenge her for which she decamped to the PDP where the ticket was donated to her on a platter of gold. When contacted to comment on the disastrous performance of the National Chairman of APGA, who had severally claimed that APGA is Anambra state and Anambra state is APGA, a Chieftain of the party in Imo state and a contender for APGA National Chairman, Chief Uche Ejike stated that it was Victor Umeh that failed or lost out and not necessarily the party. He went on to state that members of the APGA all over the country are rejoicing over the eventual rejection of Sir Victor Umeh who by the disastrous defeat should be told that he cannot eat his cake and still have it. Sir Victor Umeh he recalled had hijacked the party structures and refused to resign as National Chairman as provided in the party’s constitution, after appropriating the ticket for the Anambra Senatorial ticket. This he said was a clear case of greediness, self serving leadership and recklessness not expected of a political leader. Chief Uche Ejike however added that though it is not fair to celebrate the downfall of a leader who happened to be a member of their great party, what happened was a self inflicted injury. It was his contention that if Chief Umeh was sincere and selfless in his management of the party, the party stalwarts would have supported him massively and that there is no doubts that APGA remains the party to beat in the South East except for few selfish individuals such as Sir Victor Umeh w ho contributed largely to the party’s misfortunes and assured that the party would bounce back to prominence especially now that Sir Victor Umeh, his cohorts and collaborators who held the party down would be exorcised from its apex leadership. Another tragedy is the loss suffered by Dr. Chris Ngige, the serving Senator of Anambra Central Senatorial zone who came a third position to Hon. Uche Ekwunife. Our reporter who monitored the exercise attributed his loss to his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is regarded in the area as a Moslem party and is rejected by the people.
Courtesy: Community Watchdog Newspaper