Victor Umeh, a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has indicated that the huge movement behind Labour Party presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi is giving the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party “sleepless nights” and a “severe fright.”
On Tuesday in Awka, Umeh disclosed this in an interactive session with members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Council.
Umeh said, “The support of Nigerians for the former Governor of Anambra State and the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, is giving sleepless nights and serious scare to members of the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party and other parties ahead of the 2023 elections.
“The APC, PDP and other political parties are afraid of Peter Obi because of his resolve to banish poverty and ability to manage resources.”
He said Obi left the PDP because of the grand plot and sabotage against the Igbo and the entire South-East geo-political zone in their quest for the presidency of the country.
He added that the brazen act of denying the South-East and Ndigbo to produce the president by the two major parties of the APC and PDP was totally unacceptable and against the principles and letters of zoning arrangement between the North and the South.
He said, ”If you look at the presidential primaries of the APC and the PDP, the Igbo would have buried their heads in shame if not for Peter Obi and the Labour Party.
”Nigerians of all shades of opinion are rallying around Peter Obi. Nigerians must show commitment and love. What is happening is divine. Obi is a hot brand.
“We are urging Nigerians to rally round Peter Obi. Peter Obi stands for the good of Nigeria and the citizens. The hope Nigerians need is Peter Obi, even in the midst of plenty he cannot waste the resources.
“Obi’s movement is a revolution that will take Nigeria far. He is a role model.”
Umeh, who left APGA to clinch the senatorial ticket of the LP, said his exit from APGA was the wish of God, adding that his defection offered him the opportunity to mend fences with his brother, Peter Obi, which had gone awry about 10 years ago.
In another development, two senators dumped APC for ANPP and Labour party respectively.
The two Senators who are from Bauchi and Imo states resigned their membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The lawmakers are Senator Dauda Jika representing Bauchi Central and elected on the platform of the APC and Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi representing Imo East Senatorial District, who was elected on the platform of the PDP.
Both Senators in separate letters addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, conveyed their decision to resign their membership of the APC and PDP, to join the Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), respectively.
The APC lawmaker, Dauda Jika, in his letter said, “I hereby wish to notify you of my defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) whose ideals are in line with my political aspirations.”
Onyewuchi, on his part, said, “I wish to inform Mr. President and distinguished Senators of my defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the Labour Party.
“This is after due consultation with my family, constituents and supporters.
“This will enable me participate fully in the movement for a new Nigeria.”
The defection brings the number of APC Senators to 62 with members of the minority parties standing at 45 while the remaining two seats hitherto occupied by Senators Adamu Abdullahi now APC National Chairman and Abubakar Kyari, APC Deputy National Chairman (North), are vacant.
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