Chief
Victor Umeh is no stranger to the politics of Anambra state and Nigeria
in general; over the years, he has demonstrated a brilliant ability to
stand firm in the rescue of the Igbo nation from the hands of political
jobbers and misfits whose major interest in politics is the acquisition
of lucre while offering poor representation.
As
we get set for the forthcoming general election, the people of Anambra
Central Senatorial Zone are once again faced with the daunting option of
electing a man of strong moral and political fibre to be their voice at
the Senate of the Federal Republic. Interestingly, we have an array of
individuals stepping forward to be counted in the race to the hallowed
chambers of the senate. Where then is our choice and what are the
qualities we should be looking out for in electing an individual that
would speak for us?
We
have Chief Victor Umeh, Ohamadike Ndi Igbo. At the risk of sounding
rather too immodest, I make bold to say that Chief Umeh towers greatly
above every other person asking for our votes come February, 2015. It is
pertinent at this juncture to remind the people of Anambra Central to
be mindful of where we are coming from, and where we are headed. We must
be quick to jettison the politics of yesteryears that had in the recent
past denied us of the much touted dividends of democracy.
Amongst
those clamouring to be elected by us as the peoples’ senator, who could
genuinely claim that he/she has fought to restore the apparently
battered image of the Igbo person? This question ought to guide us in
making this choice come February, 2015. Over the years, can we the
people of Anambra Central proudly point at any developmental project
attracted to our Zone by those who we had sent to the Senate to be our
voice? If your answer is no, just like mine, then do not be
faint-hearted for finally, Ohamadike has stepped forward!
As
a rugged fighter known for deploying every vivid constitutional means
in championing the Igbo cause, Chief Umeh comes with a dazzling
political resume. Apart from the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu,
it is safe to say that no other figure has fought for the upliftment of
the Igbo cause more than Chief Umeh since the commencement of this
present democracy. The successes being attributed to the immediate past
governor of Anambra state wouldn’t have been possible if not for the
political sagacity and acumen of Chief Umeh. The All Progressives Grand
Alliance, APGA would have been buried and forgotten if not for the
doggedness and brilliance of Ohamadike. The list is endless, simply
endless.
Moving
forward, this is the time to ask hard questions. This is a period that
has presented us with the golden opportunity to look back at our history
with a view to making very logical corrections. The forthcoming general
election is another window of opportunity for the good people of
Anambra Central senatorial zone to call political buccaneers to order;
we must show them the red card as punishment for their total neglect of
the Igbo cause, while lining their pockets and boasting of building “VIP
toilets”. Pure shame!
What
we need now is a collection of cerebral individuals who have as their
calling, the eternal pursuit of the revamping of the Igbo nation. We
need politicians who do not just see politics as a vehicle of primitive
acquisition, rather, as a call to duty-a divine acceptance of the need
to offer selfless public service. It is on good record that Chief Victor
Umeh has demonstrated severally his ability to be a voice for the
voiceless and a firm believer in the timeless beauty of democracy.
In
this 21st century, our major preoccupation should be with drafting
brilliant citizens who have the love of God and man in them to represent
us. We must reject henceforth, the age-long practice of accepting the
warped intrusion of Godfathers in our political space; people who are
more interested in rubbishing the wish of the people at the altar of
greed and sheer wickedness. This is a time of soul-searching; a time we
must demonstrate our God-given ability to think and make choices that
would affect us for good. The adage that “if you don’t say I am, nobody
will say thou art” should be the lamp at our feet, guiding us towards
making the right choice come February 14th, 2015.
My
good people of Anambra Central senatorial zone, let us make haste to
stand behind Chief Umeh, a man who is clearly ahead of his time in
politics, a man who has been ordained to carry the weight of Ndi Igbo on
his young shoulders. History will record that truly, Chief Victor Umeh,
Ohamdike Ndi Igbo, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA flag
bearer came, saw, worked and excelled! This is our time to excel; this
is a moment of truth, a time to send unpopular and lacklustre
representation to the stinking dustbin of history (where they rightly
belong). God will surely bless us all for being part of the making of
history!
I
salute the courage of Chief Victor Umeh, Ohamadike Ndi Igbo for
stepping forward to put the smiles back on the faces of Ndi Anambra!
Written by Ikenna Chukwuemeka 

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