By Nna Anulumadu
Former Chief Judge of the Anambra State Judiciary and a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus Prof. Peter Nnanna Chukwudi Umeadi says his major concern is to enthrone the rule of law, separation of powers of the arms of government and due process in the polity if he is elected the next president of Nigeria next year. The erudite and very eloquent professor who played host to our correspondent at Agu-ukwu Nri his country home in Anaocha local government area of Anambra state, explained that as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he would ensure that the rule of law becomes the oder of the day in the country. He said the rule of law would introduce a new culture of orderliness in Nigeria and also tackle insecurity, impunity and bring people to account. Umeadi said separation of powers of the organs of government would assist in the revitalisation of the economy and make the different arms of government independently functional and not lumping everything in one arm which he said was unconstitutional and does not allow for the spread and realisation of goals using comparative advantage where everybody makes contributions for collective gain. On the other hand, the APGA presidential candidate stated that due process will bring about prosperity. He was optimistic that if he has the mandate of Nigerians to implement his policies, security, revitalisation of the economy and prosperity would be substructures to get the country working again. Although he pointed out that it is left for Nigerians to assess the incumbent federal government to ascertain how it has fared with its electoral promises to the people but stressed also that there are some areas worthy of note especially as it concerns lack of obedience to court orders, absence of financial autonomy for the arms of government, lack of local government autonomy and absence of due process. He said he was confident in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a credible poll and that their best should be good enough and in line with the amended electoral act 2022 and also with the gadgets that are in place which he said makes it impossible for anyone to add more than what has been actually captured by the machines. Umeadi said he would be consistent like every other well-meaning Nigerian in saying that no person who is palpably below 18 years should be allowed to vote and that where such votes come in, they should not be counted but regarded as invalid votes in the entire federation. The former Chief Judge of the Anambra State Judiciary said he is qualified as any other candidate to work as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that he is also optimistic of victory at the presidential poll come February 2023.