BY NWABUEZE OKONKWO
The forum of Deputy Chairmen from Anambra Central Senatorial Zone of Anambra State has thrown its weight behind Chief Victor Umeh, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to contest the senatorial seat of the zone in 2015 which is presently occupied by Senator Chris Ngige, a one-time Governor of the state.
The forum’s support was contained in a unanimous resolution made by its members at the July edition of their monthly meeting held yesterday in Awka.
Dr Ikechukwu Offorkansi, deputy chairman of Awka North Local Government council and chairman of forum in the zone who briefed newsmen at the end of the meeting, stated they reached the resolution having considered the qualities of Umeh as the national chairman of APGA.
Offorkansi further stated that the deputy chairmen were happy that the politician had heeded the call of the people on him to declare his interest so that they could lend their unreserved support.
According to him, “Having considered developments in our party and the huge task of quality representation at the National Assembly, we the seven deputy chairmen in Anambra Central Senatorial District do hereby declare our full support for Victor Umeh for the senatorial race”.
Also speaking, Chuks Obinweluzo from Njikoka council area called for a stronger role for deputy chairmen as they would further make the dividends of democracy reach the grassroots.
Obinweluzo pointed out there was need to follow the provisions of the constitution and assign task to the deputies as most of them were not as involved in governance as they should be due to lack of roles.
Responding, chief Umeh thanked the deputies for their resolution and promised not to let them down.
Umeh who was represented at the meeting by Mr. Christian Nnadozie, promised to address the plights of the deputy chairmen at the party levels, while assuring them that all members of the party would be fairly treated.