One of the founding fathers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Sylva Nwobu-Alor, has accused the party’s National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, of being the greatest problem to APGA’s growth.
In a statement at the weekend, Nwobu-Alor said instead of accounting for the N20 million he gets monthly to manage the party, Umeh is blaming Governor Peter Obi for APGA’s failings.
He said people like him, who do not like the way Umeh is running APGA and called for a restructuring, have become objects of daily attacks from him. Nwobu-Alor said: “Today, Umeh is not in good terms with the governor because he wants Obi to conduct the local government elections the Nigerian way and get those he handpicked into positions for his selfish ends, even if it amounts to offending the law.
“He has gone ahead at public forums to castigate the governor and those in charge of the award of contracts, because of their insistence that merit must guide every process, rather than people bringing names of incompetent, rate-paying contractors.”
He debunked Umeh’s “claim that he made Obi governor”, pointing out that the APGA chairman never wanted Obi to become governor.
Nwobu Alor alleged that Umeh was part of the failed plot to impeach Obi.
He said: “Part of Nigeria’s problem today is the overwhelming presence of opportunists, like Umeh.”
Decrying Umeh’s “lack of respect for the governor”, Nwobu Alor said: “Obi is busy attracting investors to the state, but some greedy ingrates are after their pockets.”
On the clash between members of the Government Task Force on Parks and Markets at Nnewi and transport operators, he said: “The government has no outfit known as Ndimpiawa Azu. The Task Force on Parks and Markets has helped the government immensely in the revenue generation effort and should be praised and not condemned. Above all, its members do not carry guns, machetes or weapons.
“Members of the task force, who were in Nnewi to recover government revenue, were shot by armed hoodlums, probably sponsored by interest groups.
“Sincerely it is the wish of 85 per cent of our party members that Umeh leaves the party now to allow APGA grow.