Hon. Mrs. Uche Ekwunife got more than she bargained for when she attempted to divert APGA supporters at Umuokpu.
Chief (Sir) Victor Umeh, the APGA senatorial candidate for Anambra Central had been billed to campaign at Umuokpu on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 only for Ekwunife to be hurriedly invited to come and campaign at the same time in the same community by Rt. Hon. Anayo Nnebe the erstwhile speaker of Anambra State House of Assemble from Umuokpu community who lost out in the struggle for PDP ticket for Awka North and South Federal Constituency. Nnebe who was wary of the ever growing popularity of APGA sought to insulate his immediate constituency from the vortex effect of the APGA campaign train by inviting Ekwunife to divert attention from Chief Victor Umeh.
However, Ekwunife got more than she bargained for as she was booed by the community whih sang in derision, urging her to join APGA. Umuokpu community restated their support for the APGA government which has brought development to their community. The APGA campaign train was welcomed by the Hon. Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Ifeatu Onojeme. Onojeme in his address, acknowledged that though Nnebe remains his brother any vote for Nnebe is a wasted vote as he is not a candidate of any political party. The leader of APGA in Awka North and South, Chief Austin Ndigwe told the people that neither Ekwunife nor Nnebe is a candidate in the forth coming election. He reeled out the achievements of Umeh as the national chairman of APGA as well as his exploits at the just concluded National Confab. Addressing the people, Umeh acknowledged that Nnebe remained a friend but has refused to join the moving train. Umeh disclosed that he approached Nnebe to join APGA in 2011. Nnebe insisted on PDP and lost the primary election. He again approached Nnebe to join APGA but he insisted on PDP and lost out in the vicious struggle for the party ticket yet again.
He restated that APGA is the party that cares about the lot of Ndigbo. It is the party through which Ndigbo can realise their collective aspirations in Nigeria. He noted that there are lots of lawbreakers in the PDP who are aspiring to become lawmakers. He decried the lawless situation where three PDP members are campaigning for the same senate seat in Anambra Central. Umeh restated that Anambra cannot vote for representatives who cannot speak out. He noted that the incumbent senator Dr Chris Ngige has been silenced as his party has no place for the Igbo cause. Umeh restated his belief that only those who are on fire for the cause of Ndigbo ought to represent Ndigbo. APGA is the only party today agitating for fairness for Ndigbo in Nigeria.