By Bashir Adefaka
The immediate past Anambra State Commissioner for Special Duties and chieftain of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Vincent Ezenwajiaku, has said the decision of national chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, to vie for the Anambra Central Senatorial position, while still in office as chairman of the party, is not only undemocratic, but also injurious to the image of APGA.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos, Ezenwajiaku, “I do not think this is a good omen because it does not portray us well and the image of the party is important. The attitude ridicules and puts the party to disrepute. It means that there is no internal democracy in APGA, where a sitting national chairman as a candidate, is organising, conducting, supervising and declaring the results of election he, himself is contesting, in a party that is so divided. What this has caused is that, a lot of people have lost faith in the course.
“I am supposed to run for Aguata Federal Constituency. I obtained a bank draft of N2.5 million for the expression of intention form on October 28, and on getting to my constituency on the 30th to pick the form, I saw that Victor Umeh also went to buy a form. Then I had to withdraw so that I will be able to protest for things to be put in proper shape. The position of the party in the state is that Umeh is running because nobody has said anything about it yet. Everybody is not happy. There is the saying, vox populli vox dei, voice of the people is the voice of God.
“I am speaking and what I am saying here today is the voice of the majority of the members of the party at the state level. But nobody dares speak. But everybody cannot be a ‘yes man’. I am not that kind of a ‘yes person’. If good men fail to speak when things are going wrong, the society will never develop. This is an ugly precedent. It has never happened in the politics of this country and I have never seen where a national chairman of a party, still sitting, is contesting election and yet, he is conducting the same election he is contesting in.”