Immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and Anambra Central Senatorial candidate of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, said former Governor Peter Obi sat on some of the empowerment programmes designed by him.
While addressing APGA House of Assembly candidates at the weekend in his home town, Aguluzigbo in Anaocha Local Government Area, Umeh regretted that all the efforts he made to empower party members during his tenure as the national chairman were scuttled by Obi’s administration.
Umeh, however, pledged to reach out to the incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano, on behalf of the aggrieved party members and make a case for them, since according to him, “all of you really made contributions towards the success and growth of the party and without you, its strength would not have stabilised as it is at the moment.
“My assurance to you all is that immediately after the re-run election and I emerge the senator representing Anambra Central, I will devote more time and at the same time join hands with Governor Obiano to address the issue of empowerment of our members who worked hard in the past and those who are still working hard presently.
“But for now, as a prelude, I shall co-opt all of you into my senatorial campaign team and I will equally reach out with other groups who are aggrieved like local government chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party who were affected by the decision of Obi’s administration to suspend local government elections at various times.”
Responding, the 2003 APGA House of Assembly candidates frowned that since after the election, their boat had hit the rock in terms of government recognition throughout Obi’s first and second tenures of eight years.
Briefing journalists shortly after the closed-door meeting, one of the candidates, Chief Okechukwu Akaneme, noted that some of their members recognise Umeh’s efforts toward empowering them but which did not materialise as a result of Obi’s failure to provide funds for that purpose.
They, however, assured him of their assistance and unalloyed support to win the re-run election, particularly if he enlists them into his campaign train, now that a vigorous electioneering campaign is at its peak.

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