Victor Umeh: Riding On The Back Of A Tiger

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Former National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, last week accused the Anambra state Governor Mr. Peter Obi, of having masterminded the recent Enugu State High Court judgment that sacked him as chairman of the party.  He described Obi as a fake democrat who had no respect for the party’s constitution.

Hon. Justice Innocent Umezulike, chief judge of Enugu state, had on Friday, February 8, 2013, declared the February 10 2011 convention of the party that threw up Umeh and other members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, unconstitutional, null and void.

The court ordered Umeh to stop parading himself as the national chairman of the party.  He appealed the judgment four days later.

Nevertheless, without waiting for the outcome of his appeal, the embattled former national chairman last week, fingered governor Obi as the brain behind his present ordeal.

He said:  “Governor Obi has been sending text messages to party members for a meeting in Abuja.  The aim of that meeting is to fix a date for a national convention.  This has shown that he is behind the Enugu judgment.

“The governor should stop interfering in the activities of the party, and face governance which the people of Anambra elected him for”.

At the end of a stakeholders meeting of the party held in Abuja last week, Chief Maxi Okwu, a lawyer from Enugu state, emerged as the interim national chairman of the party.  The new leadership of the party is expected to convene a formal convention that would elect members into all the organs of the party.

Umeh, who hails from Aguluzigbo in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state, was before his election as national chairman of the party in 2006, the party’s national treasurer – the eight person in the party’s chain of command.

His elevation followed the mutiny against the then founding National Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie.

But given the provisions of the party’s constitution, the second-in-command should have become the national chairman of APGA following the abbreviation of Okorie’s tenure.

LEADERSHIP gathered that governor Obi was the mastermind of Okorie’s downfall, and Umeh’s subsequent ascension to power. Umeh was allegedly considered as the only person who among the national officers of the party that could agree to step into Okorie’s shoes without considering the decency or otherwise of his action.

But Umeh failed to attain the heights of power when he began moves to “outshine his master”.  For instance, he queried the manifest delay to conduct council polls in Anambra state.  He also insisted that governor Obi’s successor should come from Anambra South Senatorial District, whereas the governor preference is for a successor from Anambra North Senatorial District.

And then the clincher. The out-gone national chairman had following the death of the party’s national leader,  and former presidential candidate, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared  Imo state Governor, Rochas Anayo Okorocha,  the “Igbo leader”, a development which many said rankled governor Obi. Okorocha was elected governor just in 2011 on the platform of APGA.

Umeh and governor Okorocha are both members of C21 group, a political pressure group in the South-East that is working in concert with other major opposition political parties to concretize the formation of All Progressives  Congress, APC.

Dr. Tim Menakaya, a member of APGA’s Board of Trustees, Bot, and Obi’s strong ally, has consistently disassociated the party from talks leading to the formation of APC.

A graduate of estate management of the Enugu campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Umeh holds several traditional titles.  He is married with children.

And following his ouster from office, he would have probably realized the danger inherent in riding on the tiger’s back – When the tiger is angry with you, it gets rid of you.  That is exactly what governor Obi has done in this case.


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