It was a German Poet, Playwright, and theatre director of the 20th century, Eugen Bertolt Friedrich Brecht, who said that the worst illiterate is the political illiterate. According to him, ‘The political illiterate hears nothing, sees nothing, takes no part in political life. He doesn’t seem to know that the cost of living, the price of beans, of flour, of rent, of medicines, all, depend on political decisions. The political illiterate doesn’t know that from his political non participation comes the prostitute, the abandoned child, the robber and, worst of all, corrupt officials, the lackeys of exploitative multinational companies.’
The above quote is exactly what the people of Anambra Central Senatorial district should be wary of as they go into voting come Saturday, January 13, 2018. Going by the directive of the Court, position of the electoral umpire, INEC, and the Nigeria Police, the election will be conducted as scheduled. The forthcoming re-run election in the Zone is indeed a litmus test for both the ruling party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and Gov. Willie Obiano who recently won his re-election in the just concluded governorship election in Anambra State. The election would further add to the party’s growing reputation as a mass movement not just as a party. It will also confirm its readiness to join the league of national political parties with strong rooted base and followers.
This is a time the people of Central need to prove to the whole world that once again they are not ingrates, having benefited from APGA government for over a decade now. It is on record, that Sir Victor Umeh as the then national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) ushered in Chief Sir Peter Obi into power and stood by him all through his eight years (two tenures) as the executive governor of Anambra State. He also made sure that Obi’s government handed over power to another APGA government which Gov. Willie Mmaduaburochukwu is the immediate beneficiary. He smoothly handed over the baton as the national chairman to another astute and sound politician, in the person of Chief Dr. Ike Oye (Ozonkpu). Umeh brought his political expertise to bear when Gov. Obiano’s re-election was threatened owing APGA’s leadership tussle.
This write up is not aimed at telling you anything new about Chief Sir Victor Umeh that most constituents do not know, all has been covered by those who knew him politically, admistratively and professionally. All am attempting to do here is to provide a comparative perspective of why the people of the zone should ignore Umeh’s political opponents, detractors send their best to the Upper Chamber. It has not been quite long I came in contact with this political giant. After careful and unbiased analyses about his person and having gone through his political profile, I have come to appreciate his leadership qualities and people oriented nature.