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Sen. Victor Umeh Bags NUJ Man-Of-The-Year 2018 Award

Goes down memory lane of political travails and judicial triumphsSays Senate has amended the Electoral Act


The Anambra State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ) has this afternoon in Awka honoured Senator Victor Umeh who is representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone in the National Assembly with the Man-of-the-Year 2018 award for his political doggedness and achievements.

Honoured alongside the senator was Chief Dozie Nwankwo representing Njikoka/Dunukofia/Anaocha Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives.

Other were Chief Chris Azubogu (Nnewi Federal Constituency)and Prince Chu Onyema (Ogbaru Federal Constituency) both of the Federal House of Representatives.

The Senator who received the award personally admitted he was so elated by the award because it came from a group that know him and his political journey too well, hence the award was very well deserved.

According to him, “I have received above thirty five other awards from various bodies and organizations but this stands out because it was from a body that is always very thorough …”

Going down memory lane of his political triumphs and travails, Umeh noted it has not been easy at all.

However, with dogged spirit, the masses and rule of law, he had come out victorious in all the many political battles.

To this, therefore he announced that he was dedicating the award to Nigeria’s judiciary for remaining the last hope of the common man and the masses.

Hear him: “As a creation of the Nigerian judiciary which had always saved me, I dedicate this award to the judiciary…” he stressed.

He used the opportunity to disclose that the Senate has yesterday amended Sec 87(1) of the Electoral Act which relates to the sponsorship of a candidate in an election by political parties.

He told the audience that in addition to other provisions of that particular section of the Act, the Senate has just added that ‘any candidate that emerges from a party primary must have been monitored and endorsed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senator Umeh pointed out that the aim was to discourage a situation where some individuals as witnessed in recent past met and declared themselves “winner” and “candidate” in their premises or village square, and end up creating unnecessary political crises and tension leading to bickering and avoidable tortuous lawsuits.

In what looked like a sneak preview of his four months efforts in the senate so far, Umeh said he has recorded achievements that surpass what most others couldn’t do in four years already.

That he would in the near future call out his constituents to a town hall meeting to render account of his stewardship so far.

He said that he has so far sponsored two motions and some bills

Thumbing his chest, Umeh frowned at the way and manner the nation is presently being administered.

That there were glaring discriminatory pattern in the way the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has been handling the business of governance which has given rise to all manner of sentiments and agitations.

He was of the opinion that once these open governmental biases are eliminated, every form of sectarian, regional or ethnic agitations would disappear.

He stressed that once the Igbos are given what is their due, all agitation and bitterness will disappear.

He questioned the basis and rational in proclaiming the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, armed herdsmen, who have been running wild all over the nation killing, raping and maiming people, receive pat on the back.

From Chuks Collins, Awka

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