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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Okorocha to Umeh: you’re a failed senator



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Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday lambasted a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and senator representing Anambra Central, Chief Victor Umeh, for allegedly failing to find his feet in the Senate.
The governor noted that Umeh’s recent attack on him was a ploy to get cheap popularity, which he said had eluded the senator since he got to the National Assembly.
A statement in Owerri, the state capital, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said: “Chief Umeh has turned himself into an interesting spectator in a Senate he should be a key player or participant. And he has come to realise that being a party chairman is a different ball game when compared to being a senator.”
The statement added: “Nigerians have seen that Chief Umeh has not been able to find his feet in the Senate since he was elected into the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly. He has been staggering, thinking about which leg to put forward first.
“And for this reason, he has not been getting the kind of media attention he was enjoying free when he held sway as APGA’s National Chairman.
“Having been starved of media publicity as a result of his abysmal outing in the Senate, Chief Umeh felt that the only way he could get the needed attention from the media was by attacking Governor Okorocha and unwarranted too, leveraging on the impeachment moves against Deputy Governor Eze Madumere by the House of Assembly.
“In his recent attack against the Imo governor, he concluded by alluding that ‘God would impeach Governor Okorocha’. And you begin to wonder where Chief Umeh was coming from, especially when one remembers that he has never been heard on the floor of the Senate, even for a day, either for his constituents or for Anambra people or for the Nigerian people.”
On the genesis of the face-off between the governor and the senator, the statement said: “He has continued to talk about how he made Okorocha governor in Imo in 2011 when he could not do that before 2011 and could not also do that after Okorocha left APGA. And he could not do that in any other state in the Southeast, even in Enugu, which is closer to him. And in his senatorial zone, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had produced the senators until he came up recently.
“Chief Umeh should justify his trip to the Senate. Attacking Okorocha won’t be an acceptable justification for his inaction. His zone is being ravaged by erosion. He can begin with a motion on that. And nothing stops him from engaging a consultant since one does not give what he does not have.
“Finally, we want to ask Chief Umeh to face his challenges in the Senate and leave Okorocha alone.”

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