ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”NATIONAL Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, has said in Awka, Anambra State that the February 6, 2010 election in the state would give the people, the opportunity to elect their own leader, insisting that the people were determined to resist any undue interference by what he called external forces.
Umeh, who fielded questions from journalists, emphasized that peace in the world was dependent on allowing the people to take their destinies in their hands, adding that the case of Anambra State would not be different.
Maintaining that democracy is about the fundamental right of the people to political determination, he argued that even if the people want a bad leader, their choice must be respected so that the electoral process is not disrupted.
Apparently referring to the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to send people from outside the state to come and deliver the partyâ€™s candidate, Professor Chukwuma Soludo during the election, the APGA chairman said, â€œwe know who the best Governor for Anambra State would be in 2010. We donâ€™t need an Anenih to come from Edo State or an Adebisi Akande to come here to tell us who would be our Governor.
â€œThe Igbo people in their industry and hard work, have not been that adventurous to go to any part of the country to install a Governor. We donâ€™t interfere with the rights of other people in Nigeria. Why then are they coming to interfere with our rights?â€
â€œPDP has not settled down in Anambra State because of the imposition of a candidate and Anenih is talking about coming to impose a Governor on the people of the state. The imposition he did in the PDP is raising substantial dust, how much more the attempt to impose the same candidate on Anambra State without a credible, free and fair election.
â€œAPGA as a political platform affords the masses that opportunity. The people of Anambra State came out to vote for Peter Obi, operating through APGA, to be the candidate of the party”, he said.