Chief Ukachi charged Ndigbo, especially people like Peter Obi, to stop washing dirty linens of the South East geopolitical zone in the open.
Umeh and Obi
One of the founding fathers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in Imo State, Chief John Duru Ukachi, has charged Ndigbo, especially people like the immediate past governor of Anambra state, Chief Peter Obi to stop washing dirty linens of the South East geopolitical zone in the open.
Chief Ukachi who spoke to journalists yesterday at Enugu-Agidi during the traditional marriage ceremony of Dr Okey Igboanua and his heartthrob, Chinelo Odumodu said that the Igbos should learn to speak with one voice and live with one another peacefully.
Obi spoke at the townhall meeting by Senator Uche Ekwunife ahead the expected repeat election for the Anambra Central senatorial seat as ordered by the Appeal Court tribunal, Enugu division.
He had hailed Ekwunife political resourcefulness for securing juicy Senate Chairmanship on Petroleum Downstream Sector and other achievements in the past.
Ukachi expressed unhappiness at the rate Igbo elites attack one another in the media, describing it at immaturity. He wondered why Obi who benefitted so much from Umeh’s political sagacity could make a volte farce turn around to castigate and insult him openly simply because of political differences. “It is shameful and sad, our people should emulate our brothers from the North and South West…” he added.
The former governor had in his remarks pointed out that Anambra deserves to put her best candidates to the National Assembly; people who should be notable actors not spectators so as to get the fair share of Ndigbo from the National Cake.
According to him, he is playing mainstream politics to be able to jostle for collective benefits due to Ndigbo.
He said, “We need somebody that is strong Senator at the Centre. Ume will be a spectator at the Senate. Senate does not need neither multiple title holders nor long traditional cap wearers who rather than stay in Abuja runs down to Anambra State every weekend.
“Umeh has worn long traditional cap for years without achieving anything. I am not contesting for any position but what I do is where there is good leader, I give my total support.
“We need somebody who is strong in the caliber of Uche. She will win. Those who caused the nullification made a great mistake.”
He wondered why the appellate court faulted only Ekwunife’s nomination alone whereas same party and primary conducted for her fellow Senators, Andy Ubah (Anambra South) and Stella Oduah (Anambra North) were upheld by the same tribunal.
He saw Ekwunife as a better candidate that should be returned to the Senate to be able to recover the Senate Chairmanship post on Petroleum Downstream adding that when he was a governor, Ekwunife helped to facilitate N2.1 billion projects .for the State.
Ekwunife had used the townhall meeting to tell her constituents that she is a better candidate for the seat having been a former House of Representatives member for Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal constituency for two terms of 8 years stayed in Senate for 6 months, adding she would be a ranking Senator if re-elected while Umeh would go as an antagonistic lone voice without supporting party base.
She stated that she had within the brief stint of two active months out of 6 stormy Senate session been able to move motion against incessant harassment of traders by Customs officials, bill on Independent National Electoral Commission to handle Local Government elections to ensure financial autonomy of the electoral body,
She was emphatic that the tribunal did not disqualify him. She accused her main rival, Chief Victor Umeh of spreading the misinformation and rumor because he was jittery and incapable of facing election.
From Chuks Collins, Awka