By Jude Michael Former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Senatorial candidate of Labour Party (LP), Senator Victor Umeh, has said that he and the presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi, will join hands to build the party. Umeh said he and former Governor Peter Obi brought APGA to prominence from nowhere, making it what it had become today. The former senator who spoke with Trinitas in an interview, said: ‘This APGA you are seeing today, which some people are basking in, I and Mr Peter Obi took it from nothing and made it formidable.’ He said he had resolved to do the things that made him happy and that he would join Obi to ensure victory for LP, noting that campaigning for the party’s presidential candidate all across the country would give him great joy. ‘I will focus on the forthcoming elections. Campaigning with Mr Peter Obi around Nigeria is what will make me happy. I want somebody from the Southeast to be the president of Nigeria, and right now, Peter Obi is about the best candidate available. ‘I will go round Nigeria with him and I will go round my senatorial district with him and campaign with him so that we begin to rebuild the things we started,’ Umeh said. Speaking about his plans for the 10th Senate, Umeh said: ‘If I win this election that is forthcoming, the 10th Senate will know that somebody who came and stayed for 17 months is now back for four years. ‘I will do my job democratically as I did in the eighth Senate, with any person of goodwill, to preach to Nigerians that all Nigerians must live with equal rights in all parts of Nigeria. If they want Nigeria to continue to be a country, all parts of Nigeria must be accommodated in the affairs of government, be it in the sharing of infrastructure or appointment at all levels. Anything government should do, nobody should be left behind. ‘There is much unrest in Nigeria today, people are rebelling because of the manner things have been handled. If you handle things evenly, people will be happy. ‘I’m going back to the 10th Senate, if I win, to help to fashion a new Nigeria through lawmaking. When I was in the Eighth Senate, I was the chairman of Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity, and I championed labour matters, including the Minimum Wage Bill and I interacted with labour. ‘So, coming to Labour Party is bringing me to a familiar terrain and we will continue to fight for a Nigeria where peace and equity will reign supreme,’ he said.


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