January 23, 2016

Umeh urges Buhari to implement report of 2014 national conference

Umeh urges Buhari to implement report of 2014 national conference

Victor Umeh

Chief Victor Umeh, the former National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to implement the report of the 2014 National Conference. Umeh made the call on Saturday in Onitsha in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He contended that the only basis that would guarantee Nigeria’s unity was the implementation of the confab report, stressing that the problems confronting Nigeria would persist if the report was not implemented. “We cannot continue to sustain Nigeria on injustice. We want a Nigeria that will be run on equity and fairness.

“If the president wants a Nigeria where every citizen will have confidence and faith in the country, the conference report should be implemented,” he said. Umeh, who is APGA’s senatorial candidate in the re-run election for Anambra Central District, described the confab report as “an important national document which must not be wished away.’’

He said that if Buhari wish to review the report, there are two controversial issues that bind Nigeria together that must not be removed. “The far-reaching recommendations of the conference and its resolution on issues of true fiscal federalism and political restructuring should not be changed.

“We approved rotational presidency within the six geo-political zones; this, as well as true fiscal federalism will achieve harmony and confidence on the part of Nigerians,” Umeh, a delegate to the conference said. The senatorial candidate promised that if elected as senator, he would advocate for the implementation of the report.

He dismissed the allegation that he was contesting the senatorial seat to move motions in favour of Biafra, saying that his desire to contest the election was to ensure equitable distribution of the nation’s resources. “My mission is different from that of the other senatorial contestants and I am ready to pay any price for standing by my people,” he said