St.Patrick Catholic Church Aguluzigbo in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State recently played host to people from all over the globe. They all came to felicitate with Chief Sir Victor Umeh and his entire household on his 53rd birth day alongside his 25th wedding anniversary coupled with presentation of his score card as ex-national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
The 3-pronged event was a rainbow coalition such that people from all walks of life attended the occasion in grand-style to rejoice and make-merry with Chief Victor Umeh and his family . Chief Umeh an astute politician who led the All Progressives Grand Alliance through the red sea of political struggle in the country ; weathering the storm from opposition forces and enemy camps and made APGA a force to reckon with in Nigeria and Anambra State in particular , could not withhold his joy and jubilation as he relished the convivial atmosphere provided by the ceremonies with gusto while friends and well-wishers poured encomiums on him and offered prayers for the success of his future undertakings .
Umeh who had been the national chairman of APGA for many long years, breathe life into APGA and made the party a force to reckon with in the Nigerian polity . Furthermore the likes of ex-Governor Peter Obi , incumbent Governor Willie Obiano , state and national assembly members including local government chairmen and councilors , are all beneficiaries of Sir Victor Umeh’s political sagacity ,doggedness , stoicism and steadfastness in the struggle to make APGA a political platform for the voiceless and all those relegated to the background in the Nigerian socio-political landscape .
Sir Victor Umeh has indeed left a food for thought for posterity through his giant strides in the All Progressives Grand Alliance. This is why on the occasion of his 53rd birth day ceremony cum celebration of 25 years of uninterrupted married life , the former national chairman of APGA recounted his travails , ordeals as well as successes while on the saddle .
Bubbling with life, he said the occasion was for him to thank God very tremendously for preserving him to served as the national chairman of APGA whose foundation he has laid for the party stalwart to tread upon.
Umeh stated that the All Progressives Grand Alliance came as a political platform for people who are marginalised and oppressed in Nigeria, adding that only those who are afraid of the party fuelled crisis from outside the party in other to enthrone animosity and anti-party activities within the party. Chief Umeh was of the opinion that the history of APGA in Anambra State is replete with landmark judicial decision, stressing that through court litigations he proved that APGA has come to stay.
According to him, Rochas Okorocha became Governor of Imo State on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and that ex-Governor Peter Obi secured a second term of office via the instrumentality of APGA let alone Governor Willie Obiano who he said is currently enjoys the blessings of the party .
He said “ so many people want to get rid of me but because I was not wrong in any of the thing they are trying to use to get rid of me “ adding that his prayer is that the new leadership that took over from him would achieve greater success. Although Chief Umeh did not mince words when he said that the new leadership of the party will be fought when the elections are conducted again, he stressed that his insistence led to the removal of Dr. Chris Ngige from office in 2003 on the grounds that he didn’t win the election.
The former national chairman of APGA who told newsmen in his Aguluzigbo country home that he would only rest for a while after the festivity in his house and bounce back to tell Nigerians that Igbos can not be taken for a ride. In the national political space, said “ we can not rest on oars until our people get their dignity and respect restored in the Nigerian nation “ pointing out that no matter the situation or circumstances, nobody in Nigeria can take the Igbos for a ride! According to him Igbos ought to be considered in the decision-making process in Nigeria.
He therefore contended that in the last general election, it was only in the south-east and south-south that elections were not held and those whose victory according to him does not reflect the collective will of the people were declared winners which in his estimation is currently taking a serious toll on the masses judging from their lackluster performance at various levels of governance.
He stressed the dire need for Igbos to be made part of the decision-making process in Nigeria while reminding President Mohammadu Buhari to know that Igbos constitute an integral aspect of the polity. Chief Umeh particularly appealed to the Buhari administration to consider Igbos in his appointments, projects and infrastructural development as well as close gaps of grievances brought about by the Nigerian civil war.
-The combined 53-birthday celebration and 25 wedding anniversary of Chief Victor Umeh, former APGA national Chairman was the occasion to recap on the role and importance of the Igbo in national development, writes Raymond Ozoji , Awka