From Mokwugwo Solomon, Awka
The former senator representing Anambra Central at the national assembly, Chief (Sir) Victor Umeh, has said that Labour Party is known to being careful the way it handles its own affairs, being the reason it has not Inaugurated its campaign council as other political parties are doing presently.
Fielding questions from newsmen recently in Awka, during the 2022 Igbo Day celebration organized by Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, Umeh said that constituting a campaign council is not all about inaugurating big names which will, at the end of the day, fail to deliver.
He said, “We’re being very careful in the Labour Party. We don’t do things because others are doing. We go for things that will make Nigeria great again.
“You will recall that in the search for Peter Obi’s running mate, LP was very careful to get someone, who will match the pairing in the person of Senator (Dr) Yusuf Datti Ahmed. So, it was not all about getting a human being as vice presidential candidate.
“LP went for someone, who will contribute meaningfully in the vision of making Nigeria great again. The choice of Yusuf Datti as Obi’s running mate was celebrated all over Nigeria as the best combination.
“Peter Obi and Ahmed Datti are young, energetic, knowledgeable and resourceful. They are going to work as a team to bring modernity to leadership in Nigeria. They represent a generation that is very vast in knowledge; the generation that is in tune with modern techniques of leadership and development.”
Umeh, who is the Labour Party senatorial candidate in Anambra Central District for the 2023 general election, further mocked the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), for postponing it’s rallies after packaging big names in its campaign council.
“LP does not have campaign council, yet, it was able to organize mega rallies in Jos, Lagos and other cities in Nigeria. After packaging big names in its campaign council, APC postponed it’s rallies. The hood does not make the monk.
“Nigerian people are the campaign council LP has for now. They are the people organizing mega rallies in different cities. Without constituting the council yet, the LP campaigns are already running. So, it is not about inaugurating big names.
“APC and PDP cannot organize the kind of rallies LP is organizing; event with all the money they possess. This shows that Nigerian people have taken over LP project. They’ve owned it, and they’re driving it. They’re organizing the rallies; they’re doing everything by themselves, and it has been marvelous. So, LP inaugurating a campaign council is mere formality.
“So, as Nigerian, if you loved yourself, you must be “OBIdient.” I, Senator (Dr) Victor Umeh, I’m “OBIdient” because, I need a new lease of life in Nigeria,” he added.