$2.1bn arms deal: No selective justice in war against corruption – Umeh

By The Citizen

The  former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh weekend debunked the claims in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari's war against corruption was an act of selective justice.

He stated this while addressing newsmen at Ezza South local government area of the state, immediately after Ezza Ezekuna civic reception for their Excellencies, Chief David Nweze Umahi and chief Rachael Umahi at Onueke township stadium.

Umeh who described the current war on corruption in the country as an in house cleansing urged Nigerians at all levels to allow the vices in the country to be removed to pave way for national healing and restoration to take place in every sector of the Nigerian economy.

The Anambra Central senatorial candidate on the platform of APGA emphasized that anybody or group of persons hindering or criticizing Buhari's war against corruption is not being honest and sincere about moving the nation forward.

'Nigerians should allow the vices in the country to be removed and healed; when someone steals and you say the person should not be prosecuted, we are not being honest to ourselves.

'Corruption must be dealt with in this country; there is nothing like selective justice system in Buhari's war against corruption in the country'.

On the Appeal Court ruling on Abia State governorship election, the APGA chieftain who applauded the judiciary for doing the right thing described the court verdict as the most popular decision in Nigeria's judicial system.

'The Court of Appeal in Abia state did the right thing by restoring the peoples mandate to Dr. Alex Otti of Abia state who actually won the election in all facets; I wept when an obvious victory that was won by Otti was given to someone else.

'The ruling reinforced my confidence in the judiciary despite the fact that the judiciary has not lived up to its expectations in some matters; however, the ruling gladdens the heart of people; it is the most popular decision delivered by the court of Appeal. Everybody knows that Dr. Alex Otti won the election in landslide victory.'

On his senatorial ambition, Umeh who expressed optimism that APGA would win the forthcoming rerun for Anambra Central zone   noted that Senator Uche Ekwunife's defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC was an aberration of the law and so was no longer qualified for the election.

Recall that Ekwunife, who was inaugurated as senator in June, 2015 and had her election nullified by Appeal Court in Enugu on December 6, 2015, on grounds of irregularities.

'She is exhibiting gross misunderstanding of the law of nigeria. She was disqualified by the court of Appeal Enugu division and there is no way she can be part of the election anymore. Such matter has been addressed by the supreme court of Nigerian in 2009. It is abundantly clear; the time of nomination for nomination has passed. This is an aberration; she is not part of the election'.