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Anambra Rerun: It’s Not Going to Be Easy, Says Umeh


With barely nineteen days to the March 5, 2016 scheduled rerun poll for the Anambra Central Senatorial election, one of the top contender and hot favourites, Chief Victor Umeh [above with Governor Obiano] has said that it was not going to be any kind of walk-over.

According to him, none of all of the candidates looks like a push over, noting that all the political parties may not be as big or popular as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or his All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), but he was quick to acknowledge that they put up stiff contest during the March 28, 2015 poll.

He acknowledge he stands a good chance to sweep the stakes but that it would not be seen as coming easy. But that he was not leaving anything to chance as he has continued to talk to all the electorates of Idemili North, Idemili South, Dunukofia, Njikoka, Anaocha, Awka North and Awka South council areas for them to remain behind him and vote for him.

Umeh, who spoke to journalists yesterday at his Aguluzoigbo home, noted that he uses faces to face approach, visits to various organized/professional groups, communities, the business class through live radio/television phone-in programmes almost every other day so far. He expressed joy at the high enthusiasm being exhibited by the people to have another opportunity to vote massively for him again.

On issues driving him to the senate, Chief Umeh who was the immediate past National Chairman of APGA said he want to become the unifying factor of all other National Assembly members from the South East geo-political zone. That he won’t go to contend with the APC and the PDP members on leadership, but to ensure they all speak with one voice on every key national issue, for effect.

He admitted that before now the caucus frittered a very good opportunity when the zone held top positions in the Senate and House of Representatives as Deputy Senate President, Chairman Senate committee on Works, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Chairman House Committee for Works and Chairman House Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA), yet al the key federal roads in the state/zone have remained in terrible shape. He listed the roads to include Onitsha-Enugu Highway, Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Highway, Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt highway and 9th Mile-Opi Nsukka-Otukpa Highway and the Enugu-Abakaliki highway.

He saw them as heart breaking and inexcusable, but hopes to use his good human relationship to get them tackled.

From Chuks Collins, Awka

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