The National chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) Chief Victor Umeh has asked all those who he said had deployed themselves against the wheel of the progress of the party to reflect over their actions and sheath their swords because the party was ready to accommodate everyone in its march to greatness.
Umeh who spoke yesterday at the graveside of the late leader of the party, Dim Chuwkuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu at Nnewi where he said he had come to draw strength after his victory at the court of Appeal, Abuja Division last Wednesday, reiterated the need for the Igbos to come together under the party because such would give them a platform with which to advance in Nigeria politically.
He noted that though the reasons for which some people waged court battles against him were unfounded, that he won all, first at the Enugu Division of the court of Appeal and later at the Abuja Division, adding that with these victories and the strength he had drawn from the party’s late leader, Ojukwu, its leadership was now set to structure the party on the part of electoral victory.
Consequently, he said part of the challenges facing the party at the moment was winning the five South-East states in the 2015 general elections and make in-roads into a state like Lagos where it hoped to win some legislative seats in both the National and state Assembly elections.
“It is also part of the reasons I will be contesting for the Senate. I have come here (Ojukwu’s mausoleum) to recharge my authority. At Ojuwku’s mausoleum, I spoke to him and he heard me and said go on and get the victory my son”, he said amidst laughter.
The party he said was there for everybody and that his leadership will encourage whoever intended to realise his ambition on its platform while guaranteeing fairness, adding that he was aware of the difficulties associated with party administration.
“I know the job is not easy. I know the sacrifices I have made and the challenges I have faced. Whoever is preparing to take over from me should be resilient,” he said.
Umeh also said that the Anambra State government would within the next three months arrange to give all Igbos who died during the Nigerian Civil war proper burial so that their spirits will permanently rest in peace. This he said was predicated on the belief that whoever that went to war on behalf of Biafra and has not been seen after the war ended 44 years ago was presumed to have died.