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Nwobu-Alor Hits Back: ‘Umeh Must Go’



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The war of words between APGA national boss, Chief Sir Victor Umeh, and the special adviser to the governor on parks and markets, Chief Sylva Nwobu-Alor, has taken a new turn with the latter calling for the exit of Umeh.

Chief Sylva Nwobu-Alor has accused the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, of being the greatest problem militating against the growth of the party.

In a release he made available to the Press over the weekend, Chief Nwobu-Alor said that rather than tell the whole world how he manages the N20m made available to him every month for the management of the party, he was busy, going around, telling people that Obi did not empower the party and blaming the Governor for the party’s failings.

Nwobu-Alor remarked that those of them who did not like the way Umeh was running APGA, and had the guts to call for a restructuring had become objects of attack from him on daily basis. “Today”, he continues, “he is not in good terms with the governor because he, Umeh, wanted him to conduct the local government elections the Nigerian way, and get all those he had handpicked into positions for his selfish ends, even if it amounts to offending the law.”

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Continuing, Nwobu-Alor said that not only was Umeh fighting him, that the APGA National Chairman was at daggers-drawn with virtually everyone serving in Obi Government that Umeh perceived as being as stringent and thorough as the Governor. In his words, “he has gone ahead at public fora to castigate the Governor and those in charge of awards of contracts because of Governor’s insistence that merit must guide every process, rather than people bringing names of incompetent, rate-paying contractors.”

Nwobu-Alor said it was particularly painful for Umeh to claim that he made Obi the Governor, pointing out that he never wanted Obi to become Governor. Nwobu Alor revealed that the same man claiming to have made Obi told those that went to meet him during the impeachment time that “Peter should forget about being a Governor again.” He said that part of the problem Nigeria had today is the overwhelming presence of opportunists, like Umeh.

Annoyed by what he sees as lack of respect by Umeh for the Governor, he said that the young man, Obi, was busy attracting so many things for the State, only for ingrates to feign annoyance because they are greedy and wanted everything for their pockets.

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On the issue of the shooting down of members of Government Task Force on Parks and Markets at Nnewi, Chief Nwobu Alor wondered why Victor Umeh should be so naïve to blame the Government Task Force when every Tom, Dick and Harry, including Victor Umeh, knew that the unarmed, law-abiding Task Force who were in Nnewi to recover Government revenue were shot down by armed hoodlums probably sponsored by interested groups.

For the avoidance of doubt, he submitted, the Government of Anambra has no outfit known as Ndimpiawa Azu.

The Government Task Force on Parks and Markets has helped the Government immensely in the revenue generation effort and should be praised and not condemned. Above all, they do not carry guns, machetes or any offensive weapon.

Sincerely it is the wish of 85% of our party members that Victor Umeh leaves the party now to allow the party to grow.


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