… say Umeh is building estates in Abuja, Lagos, Atlanta with proceeds from APGA
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Ex-ward chairmen of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) under the auspices of G21 have warned Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state to desist from paying an alleged N20 million monthly stipend to the former national chairman of APGA and incumbent senator representing Anambra-central at the national assembly Chief Victor Umeh.
The chairmen at a press briefing in Awka on Tuesday, narrated their ordeals in the hands of the former national chairman of the party saying that in spite of their efforts, they were forlorned and treated with disdain by the ex-national chairman of APGA.
Hon. Nzeako Onyeka who read the resolutions of the ex-APGA ward chairmen said they all worked tirelessly for Chief Victor Umeh when he was the national chairman of the party and had expected that they would be compensated with appointments and other benefits but were disappointed that they were not recognised.
The group further alleged that as national chairman of APGA between 2007 and 2015, which was the period they worked with him, Chief Victor Umeh allegedly received N20 million monthly from Anambra state government. They maintained that the total money the former national chairman received from the state government on behalf of the party was two billion one hundred and sixty million naira between 2007 and 2015.
They said during 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Grand Alliance realized the sum of sixty billion five hundred and nine million naira from the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms and no part of the proceeds was sent to those at the ward levels of the party.
They said they were not happy that those at the ward level of APGA were schemed out from getting their own share of the money pointing out that from their calculations each of the wards in the state would get a wopping sum of twenty-six million eight hundred and forty thousand four hundred and nine naira.
The G21 eX-APGA ward chairmen said they considered Chief Umeh as a self-centered character whom they alleged usurped the office of the former state chairman of APGA, the late Chief Mike Kwentoh, and became both the state and national chairman of the party respectively.
They said Umeh used proceeds from APGA to enrich himself and that he was the only one who had benefitted immensely from the collective efforts of party members judging from the estates he was allegedly building in Abuja, Lagos and Atlanta Georgia in the United States of America.
They however resolved that Chief Victor Umeh must return the sum of twenty-six million eight hundred and forty thousand four hundred and ninety naira to all the wards in the state otherwise they will vote against him in the forthcoming general elections.
They said he must without further delay apologize to all former APGA ward chairmen in four national dailies and also state when he would give them their own share of the money realised from the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms when he was the national chairman of APGA.
The G21 group also warned Governor Willie Obiano to desist forthwith from paying Chief Victor Umeh a certain twenty million naira monthly stipend from tax-payers’ money as failure to comply with the said ultimatum might be counter productive.
Efforts to get Umeh’s reactions were not fruitful. His phone was switched off and a text message sent to him has not been answered as at the time of going to press.