Victor Umeh Dumps APGA For Labour Party, Clinches Anambra Central Senatorial Ticket

Former APGA Chairman, Victor Umeh.

 

Former National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh has dumped the party for the Labour Party.

On Friday, he clinched the party’s ticket for the Anambra Central senatorial seat for the 2023 general elections after participating in Labour’s primary election.

Umeh will battle Senator Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), APGA’s Dozie Nwankwo and Chief Kodilichukwu Okelekwe of All Progressives Congress in the main election next year.

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This is coming few days after ex-Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi resigned from the PDP where he was aspiring to contest for president.

Obi is now Labour’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Both Obi and Umeh are from Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Former APGA Chairman Victor Umeh Loses Anambra Central Senatorial Ticket

Former APGA Chairman, Victor Umeh speaks on the supplementary election in the state.

 

Former APGA National Chairman, Victor Umeh, suffered a major upset on Sunday in the race for the Anambra Central Senatorial District seat to Honourable Dozie Nwankwo. 

Umeh polled 151 while Nwankwo, who represents Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal Constituency, recorded 162 votes in an exercise held at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center.

The immediate past Chief of Protocol and Deputy Chief of Staff to Former Governor Willie Obiano, Mr Uzuegbuna Okagbue came third in the exercise.

The APGA Returning Officer for the Anambra Central Senatorial District Primary election, Mrs Elizabeth Nwokocha, announced the winner after a peaceful voting process.

“By the powers conferred on me as the returning officer of this election, I hereby declare Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the Anambra Central Senatorial district election,” Mrs Nwokocha announced.

An elated Nwankwo was full of appreciation to God and to all who supported him adding that his voice will be loud in seeking a resolution to Anambra’s insecurity.

“I’m happy. I knew God destined a day like this. I thank our governor, Prof Soludo, I thank our national chairman, Chief Victor Oye, the NWC and the various ward chairmen for their support, which brought about this victory.” he said.

Honourable Dozie Nwankwo will slug it out with Senator Uche Ekwunife of the PDP and other candidates from other political parties in the General election come February 2023.

It’s Injustice For South-East Not To Produce Nigeria’s President – Victor Umeh

 

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senator Victor Umeh, on Monday, said it is an injustice for the South-East region not to produce Nigeria’s President.

Since the country returned to civil rule in 1999, the presidency has rotated to the South-West, North-West and the South-South regions.

As President Muhammadu Buhari from Katsina State completes his two-term constitutional tenure by 2023, there have been demands by the southern governors for the presidency to be zoned to the region.

Specifically, most easterners want the South-East region to produce President Buhari’s successor next year. Among such making the demand is Senator Umeh.

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“It is an injustice,” Umeh said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “South-East has never produced President for Nigeria.

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on April 25, 2022.

 

“Nobody from the South-East has been President, it is the turn of the South to produce President now. The way we have shared power over the years, you will see that the South-West has produced a president through Obasanjo democratically for eight years, now they have the vice president standing out for eight years with Buhari, then the South-South has produced President through Jonathan who has been there for nearly six years.”

When asked if the region is united, the APGA chieftain said the South-East is united in purpose as the easterners will back up an Igbo presidential candidate.

According to him, the South-East agenda is for Nigeria’s presidency to come from the region.

Nothing Stops Buhari From Signing Harmonised Electoral Bill – Victor Umeh

File photo of Former APGA Chairman, Victor Umeh

 

The Former Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh has explained why nothing stops President Muhammadu Buhari from assenting to the Harmonised Electoral Act Bill.

The harmonised version of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill which was passed by the lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary is the final agreed version between the Senate and House of Representatives, on the amendment to Clause 84 of the bill.

Senator Umeh on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme Sunrise Daily said nothing stops President Muhammadu Buhari from passing the bill because the vague part has been clarified.

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“Let me commend the National Assembly for doing a further job on this controversial bill particularly as related to section 84 of the Act.

“I don’t see anything again that the President will say. The three options have now been clarified and how a candidate can be produced through the three options. Everything is now clear, there’s nothing vague anymore.

So, the President cannot do anything but sign this bill. If they had sent it the way it was last week, the clause of a Consensus candidate was not reduced further the President may latch on it and say he won’t sign. But now that clause has been removed, we all now know how a consensus candidate can emerge,” Umeh explained.

The lawmaker added that he initially disagreed with the Bill because the clause on the Consensus candidate was not clear.

“Last week, when the Senate passed its own version and included Consensus without clarifying how a consensus candidate will emerge, I discussed this and disagreed with the Senate. I only agreed with the House of Representatives to an extent.

“I felt the provision for Consensus candidate was vague and wasn’t clear.

“Now they have gone to a conference and from what they passed yesterday I can tell you that I am largely satisfied with all the three options because they now went on to specify what a consensus candidate will emerge. I think the process has now been opened up [clarified],” Umeh said.

The harmonised version of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill includes the direct, indirect, and consensus primary modes of nominating candidates by political parties for elections.

The re-amendment was sequel to a motion on “rescission on clause 84 of the Electoral Act No. 26 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and Committal to the Committee of the Whole” sponsored by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after the amendment to the electoral bill by the Committee of the Whole, said the re-amendment was done to harmonise the lawmakers’ position with that of the House of Representatives.

Anambra Governorship: Umeh Confident Of APGA’s Chances Of Victory In Ihiala Poll

Former APGA Chairman, Victor Umeh speaks on the supplementary election in the state.

 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is confident of victory in the Anambra State supplementary election slated for Tuesday.

On Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) suspended the collation of results for the Anambra State governorship election, announcing that a supplementary election would be conducted in the 326 polling units across Ihiala on Tuesday.

Speaking to Channels Television, former APGA National Chairman, Victor Umeh said the results so far declared are a reflection of the love of the people for the party.

“We are exceedingly happy and very grateful to the electorates in Anambra State. Election took place in 20 local governments, APGA won in 18 out of 20,” he said.

“You can see the level of confidence reposed on this party by the people of Anambra State. One can only be happy.”

While noting that victory delayed is not denied, the APGA chieftain said the ruling party is very comfortable and has nothing to worry about in the state.

He explained that the party has met the constitutional requirement of having 25 percent in 14 local governments in the state, adding that APGA can’t wait to maintain its winning streak.

The APGA chief however condemned the attitude of the opposition parties in the state – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) – noting that it is not the way to promote democracy.

Making reference to the peace accord signed by all political parties hours to the conduct of the election, Umeh berated parties for not conducting themselves in a peaceful manner.

Victor Umeh, Fasua, Others Back Calls For Restructuring

Some analysts and political stakeholders on Wednesday joined voices with opinion leaders who have previously called for restructuring in Nigeria.

Speaking on Channels Television Programme, The Core, the analysts throw their weight behind calls for restructuring citing different reasons.

Senator Victor Umeh of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) believes that Nigeria was functioning well before the division into 36 states. He added that local governments in Nigeria were not created with an even parameter.

“Before the military took over Nigeria in 1967, we had regional arrangement. At that time, Nigeria was functioning well. When the military came, the four regions were disbanded and states were created starting from 12. With successive military regimes, we now have 36 states. All these 36 states, none was created through a civilian parliamentary process. These states were established with decrees.

“So in 1999, we inherited 36 states and 774 local governments all created without any form of consultation, except by military fiat.

“To us in APGA, we feel restricting is imperative. When these states and local governments were created, they were not created with an even parameter. Some people have been disadvantaged through the process of creation of states by the military. We request that they make things more equitable. The South East should be given one additional state,” he said.

However, Mark Gbillah, a member of the House of Representatives says the calls for restructuring is born out of the conception by Nigerians that the current structure is not working and there is the need for a new structure that will work.

He stressed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has individuals who prioritise the interest of Nigerians.

The National Chairman of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) Tope Fasua, believes restructuring is not just about increasing number of states but improving the state of livelihood of Nigerians.

He noted that restructuring if properly done will fix some ills in the Nigerian society.

“Restructuring should mean that a country should look at the outcome of the policies and structures it is operating and ask if it is working for the people. If it is not, then you restructure.

“Recently, we got to hear that Nigeria has 87million poor people. If a country had independence in 1960 and up till date, you are providing the largest number of poor people for the world, then your structure is not working,” Fasua said.

A Representative of The Voice of Reason, Akin Fapohunda highlighting the economic imperatives says even Nigeria’s economy is suffering based on the current structure in Nigeria which has been unable to cater for the huge number of 36 states.

Fapohunda said Nigeria, “cannot afford bi-cameral legislature, we cannot afford 36 State of Assemblies drawing money and resources. We need to operate on modular basis so that we can handle our problems on a micro scale where it applies.”

Saraki Swears In Victor Umeh

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has sworn-in the winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial election and former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA), Victor Umeh, into the Senate.

The oath of office took place on Thursday at the chambers of the Senate.

Umeh on Wednesday received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja, which was presented to him by National Commissioner in charge of South East, Prof. Ibeanu.

Umeh swept to victory in Saturday’s poll by a landslide, securing 64,879 votes. None of the 13 other contestants in the election got up to a thousand votes.

Consequently, INEC returned him as the winner of the rerun election on Sunday morning.

Victor Umeh Receives Certificate Of Return

The winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial election and former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA), Victor Umeh has received his Certificate of Return.

Mr Umeh who visited the office Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja on Wednesday was presented with his certificate by National Commissioner in charge of South East, Prof. Ibeanu.

Umeh swept to victory in Saturday’s poll by a landslide, securing 64,879 votes. None of the 13 other contestants in the election got up to a thousand votes.

Consequently, INEC returned him as the winner of the rerun election on Sunday morning.

See full result as below:

1. Oyeh Mercy Uche – A – 35
2. Hon. Oby Kate Okafor – ACD – 33
3. Chief Anayo A. Nweke – ADC – 57
4. Sen. Chris Ngige – APC – 975
5. Chief Sir Victor Umeh – APGA – 64,879
6. Christopher A. Chukwendu – GPN – 48
7. Okafor Ikechukwu – ID – 14
8. Chief Denis Oguguo – KOWA -12
9. Kingsley Chukwuma Nwofor – LP – 95
10. Ekweozo C. Nkem – MPPP – 111
11. Ubakamma J. Ikenna – NCP – 72
12. Rev. Charles O. Ekwueme – PDC – 5
13. Igwilo Michael C. – PPA – 116
14. Ikechukwu F. Obiekwe – UPP – 55

#AnambraDecides: INEC Must Do Something About Failing Card Readers – Umeh

The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Victor Umeh, says the Independent National Electoral Commission must address the issue of failing card readers once and for all.

Umeh said this after voting in casts his votes in Aguzigbo Ward, Anambra central senatorial district.

Failure to resolve the issue means people will continue to be disenfranchised during elections.

This card reader stuff is something INEC must do something about. In my community here, in polling unit 013, the technician is suspecting that they brought a card reader not meant for that polling unit,” Umeh said.

“INEC should avoid this type of lapse. They have enough time to configure these card readers so that on the day of an election like this, everything would be smooth.”

Also troubling for the former APGA leader is the report he received that electoral officials are refusing to opt for manual accreditation where card readers.

“I got reports from across the state that in some places the card readers are not functioning and they have refused to do manual accreditation,” Umeh said.

“This means if they are not able to rectify the problem with the card readers, those people will be disenfranchised.”

He wondered why the officials were no longer resorting to the use of incidence forms where card readers failed as was done in previous elections.

 

Obiano Promises To Tackle Akpo Community’s Infrastructural Challenges

anambra state, properties destroyed, Ukpo, Abagana, land disputeAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has assured the people of Akpo community in Aguata Local Government Area of his commitment to tackling some of the critical infrastructural projects in the community.

He believes such projects will make life more meaningful for them, but said it would begin as soon as the Federal Government released the 4.5 billion Naira it owed the state.

The Governor spoke on Saturday during the grand reception organised for him by the Akpo people where they also give an overwhelming endorsement to his leadership style and pledged their support for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

They said his political party was the vehicle for onward transformation of Anambra state beyond the governor’s first term in office.

It was like a homecoming for Governor Obiano, when he arrived in Akpo community.

Exchange of pleasantries with the chieftains of the APGA was a spectacle to behold, as happiness and laughter flowed freely.

The excited traditional ruler, red cap chiefs and the members of the community, who trooped out in their hundreds to welcome the Governor in his maiden visit to their community also enjoyed a fair share of handshakes of love from him.

Traditional dancers and Akpo Choir with a special anthem also joined in welcoming the Governor.

In an address of welcome, the President General of the town, Mr Godwin Ezeno, congratulated the Governor for the mile stones he had achieved in his quest to transform Anambra State within two years as well the vigour with which he had pursued his four administrative blueprint of Agriculture, trade and commerce, oil and gas and industrialisation.

For this, they endorsed him as the best and pledge loyalty and support for him and APGA, as the 2017 governorship election in the state approaches.

The people appealed to the Governor for intervention in road construction, renovation of the community’s secondary school, rural electrification, as well as government appointments.

They showered the Governor with gifts and for a practical show and proof of support to the Governor by Akpo people, a certificate of endorsement was also presented to the Governor.

The highly elated Governor assured Akpo community of his commitment to ensuring that immediate intervention came in road infrastructure and the renovation of their school as soon as the Federal Government released monies it owed the state.

Governor Obiano commended the residents of the community for choosing agriculture and for the 20 million Naira project the state government would undertake in each of the 177 communities of Anambra state.

In his reaction to the development, the former National Chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, expressed joy at the turn of event in Anambra State and said it was a clear indication that APGA government was working to bring the dividends of democracy to the people which is commendable.

The Akpo community declaration of support for Governor Willie Obiano and APGA is coming on the heels of several other communities’ declarations which have positive implication on the fortunes of the present administration as the 2017 governorship election beckons in Anambra state.

Obiano, John Momoh, Dogara, Others Bag 2015 Zik Prize Award

obianoThe Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano; CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh and others have bagged the 2015 Zik Prize award.

Governor Obiano bagged an award for Good Governance under the auspices of Public Policy Research and Analysis Center (PPRAC).

He said that the award would be an inspiration to him towards realizing the vision and mission of the state in being the first choice investment destination, and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities.

This, he said, would be achieved through the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative policy.

He gave the assurance that he would continue in the leadership ideals of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, both in decision making and in implementation.

The Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, picked up the award in the Professional Leadership Category.

John-Momoh-Channels-TV-Chairman
Chairman and CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh

He was represented by the Assistant General Manager, International Operations and other members of staff of Channels Television.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara, also got the Public Service Prize.

 

The Zik Leadership Award was set up in 1994 in honour of Nigeria’s first civilian president, Nnamdi Azikwe. It honours those in positions of authority who display exemplary leadership in Africa.

The 2015 edition honoured seven eminent personalities in different categories, including Public Service, Political Leadership, Good Governance, Professional and Business Leadership.

The Chairman of the occasion, Retired General Ike Nwachukwu drew the attention of all and sundry to the leadership ideals of the founding fathers of Nigeria.

The award ceremony took place at the Civic Center, Victoria Island Lagos.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and several other dignitaries graced the occasion.

DSS Frees Victor Umeh

Victor-Umeh-APGAThe Department of State Services (DSS) has released the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh.

The APGA leader was arrested at his Aguluzigbo country home in Anambra State at about 9:00am local time on Thursday and taken to Abuja.

Confirming his release, the party’s Deputy Secretary, Mr Jerry Obasi, however, alleged that the arrest was politically motivated by Mr Umeh’s opponents in the forthcoming Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election.

Mr Umeh arrived into the warm embrace and rejoicing from family members and political associates.

He told Channels Television that the secret service inquired several issues from him, ranging from situation in the south-east region and some statements attributed to him.

The DSS has not given reasons for Mr Umeh’s arrest.