By Joe Chukindi, Awka
A major drama occurred in the studios of Rhythm FM on Saturday whan Chief Victor Umeh called into a live radio phone-in programme tagged View point to make contributions over what he termed lies being fed the populace by Chief Martin Uzodike who appeared on the show to speak for former governor Peter Obi.
Trouble started when a caller introduced himself as Chief Victor Umeh, and posed questions to the former commissioner over allegation of embezzlement while he was national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and even went ahead to throw a challenge at Uzodike to show proof of his being corrupt.
Uzodike who was visible angry with the presenter for taking Umeh’s call while answering one of the three questions posed a him accused Umeh of having collected the sum of N650million from then governor Obi to endorse the candidature of the present governor on the platform of the party,
To this, Umeh called back to debunk the claim, asking Uzodike to show proof of his collecting such amount of money. Umeh went ahead to take some time off to explain how the present governor emerged, but Uzodike who could not stand Umeh taking his time in a radio programme he said he paid wholly for, called on the presenter to stop the call from Umeh.
Even when the presenter made it clear that Umeh has the right to call into the programme like every other person to ask question, Uzodike insisted that Umeh’s call must no longer be taken on the show, claiming that if Umeh were the one who paid to be in a radio programme, he would not entertain questions from anyone.
“I paid the bill for this programme, and you cannot be letting this man into the show to come and be taking my time. You must not take his call again, because I know him. If he was the one who paid to be here, he will not let anyone ask questions.
“This man is spoiling our show, and it is not good for him to be calling onto the show at liberty. If he wants to be here, let him come and pay and also talk, as for now, I am the one who paid,” Uzodike complained.
Uzodike in the course of his interview with the station had among other thing stated that Obiano was not entirely a bad man, but was being deceived by people like Umeh whom he said were making gains from being close to the governor.
He also added that Obi’s quest to go to the senate was to help Anambra governor at the national level to attract donor agencies whom he said have been leaving in droves since the inception of the current administration and needed to be wooed back to the state.
When our reporter caught up with Umeh and asked his views to all that was said by Uzodike on the programme, he said it was unfortunate that Obi cannot speak for himself, but was letting someone else speak for him.
He added that the ultimate aim of the former governor was to instigate a crisis between he and Obiano, so that he, Umeh will go to the election without the backing of the governor, but their plans have failed.
“As for Uzodike, he has been going from one station to the other saying nonsense about me, to the extent of even calling me a thief. I don’t have time to waste on him in court because if I take him to court for libel, he can not pay.”