Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka, | 5 March 2015 | 3,324 times
The National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) and the senatorial candidate for Anambra central senatorial zone, Chief Victor Umeh has said that only serious minded and well articulated people who have the interest of the Igbo people at heart were good for the next set of Nigerian senate.
He stressed that the senate is the centre point where resolutions of the national conference would be debated for implementation by the president.
Addressing officials of the Anambra State wing of the National Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE) from the 21 local government areas of Anambra State in Awka, Umeh said that having been part of the recommendations of the confab resolutions, he knew exactly the importance of going to the national assembly as an Igbo senator.
The NULGE has adopted as their candidate of choice for Anambra Central senatorial zone.
Umeh reeled out some of the recommendations that are of the Igbo interest to include the creation of an additional state for the South-East geo-political zone and the removal of the local government as a federating unit.
He noted that Igbo was badly marginalized in the present system where the South-East has only 95 local governments, while Kano and Jigawa have almost the same number.
According to him, “Virtually every ruler of the country before 2007 was a soldier that fought against the Igbo during the civil war. For that reason most policies were skewed against Ndigbo”.
The APGA National Chairman, however, expressed the hope that the outcome of the national conference would address the injustices meted out to Ndigbo over the years.
He predicted that the Igbo would once more take their pride of place in Nigeria, saying that if the true federal system is properly followed; the political fortunes of the Igbo would improve.
Umeh noted that Igbo would no longer continue to watch the trend of events, which started after the Nigerian civil war, when they were consigned to insignificant minority in Nigeria, relegated to the background and ultimately marginalized.
In his remark, state president of NULGE, Comrade Jerry Nnubia said that as a union, they looked at all the candidates for the senate and came to the conclusion that Umeh stood head above others, hence the union’s decision to adopt him as their candidate of choice.
•Photo shows Umeh
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