APGA defends adoption of Jonathan as its presidential candidate

Victor Umeh

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh, said on Tuesday, defended the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan, as its presidential candidate in the 2015 presidential election.

He said since there was no Igbo contesting for the president, it would be a waste of time aligning with the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Umeh spoke while delivering a lecture titled “Towards a successful 2015 election: The role of the opposition,” to mark the inauguration of the executive committee of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, in Enugu.

APGA had in August said it would not field a presidential candidate in the coming presidential election, saying it would support the candidacy of Mr. Jonathan, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

“We have been lampooned and condemned because we are supporting President Jonathan – let me tell you quite frankly, until we lead our people on the right track we are wasting our time,” he said.

“Today there are no Igbos contesting for president in the APC, so why align with APC?”

The APGA national chairman also explained that in supporting Jonathan, the party had to look at the dynamics of politics in Nigeria with total reflection on the journey of the Igbos.

He stated further, “Jonathan has shown respect for the Igbos even if he has challenges running the affairs of the country, most of which are man-made. APGA has no apologies for supporting President Jonathan – what we offer is constructive criticism.”

Mr. Umeh said APGA was not an appendage of the PDP, insisting that it “is a distinct political party which cannot be an appendage of another political party.”
He noted, however, that though it was not in power at the federal level, it does not mean that the party must oppose the government at the centre.

“The term opposition is misleading – in Nigeria we assume that once you are not in government you must be opposing government,” the chairman said.

“You must not oppose government all the time if you are not in government. In developed countries (opposition parties) means those who are not in government but are interested in government.”

Mr. Umeh accused the APC of engaging in “blind opposition.”

He added, “There are those who believe that not being in government but being objectively critical will help the government to serve the people better, and there are those who believe that in not being part of government, anything the government does is bad.”


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  • Dr. Kay

    What is the essence of having a party if you cannot produce your own leadership structure? You are only a ethnic player and a bigot. “Goodluck “to you and your useless party.

    • Otile

      You people have severally voiced your opinion not to vote for any Igbo under any circumstances, not true? Why not allow Igbo vote their choice? If Jonathan was in Islamic APC we would not vote for him. Ndigbo command the deciding votes in one 9ja, and we are going to exercise that right. All of you haters should go to hell.

      • clairvoyance

        Shut up otile, every one knows except u dullard PDP are the sponsors of boko haram bcos u are a brain dead specie of a human rice.

        • Otile

          You don’t make any sense. Write English or Yoruba if you want anybody to understand you. Read your trash again. What a waste.

  • tundemash

    What a clown ! You support a man just because of his ethnicity ? How come this is the buffon leading an Igbo party?

    • Otile

      Abubakar tundemash, I am not sure your colleague @Maria is a woman. He could be one fake masquerading as Delta Queen on Sahara Reporters. Warn him to behave otherwise it will be tit for tat.

      Any rotten fo*l cannot come out here to insult Ndigbo in the name of politics.

      • tundemash

        you are the worst igbo anyone can meet. To think you share same lineage with bright minds like @wahala and @okemute1 is a mystery !

        • Otile

          Prove it with facts. You cannot just call me a bad Igbo man simply because I hate the terrorism in your new religion. That religion can only lead you to hell. Come out of APC evil party. Save your soul.

          • zaragoza

            your mumu dey smell.

          • tundemash

            I should prove how a human (your mama) ended up with a m0nkey (otile)?
            Ask your mama that question ! Maybe it happened on the way to the farm, only she knows how you ended up in her womb !

    • antonym

      Never mind Umeh, He will be tamed when GMB takes over, he is part of the mess that needs to be sorted.

  • Maria

    “Today there are no Igbos contesting for president in the APC, so why align with APC?”…hahahahahahahahahahaha! These igbos are so so funny human being! Why are igbos not contesting in APC? This kind of jester talking for igbos speaks volume of what igbos are made… what a people!

    • Jujubeans

      Kindly desist from this Igbo bashing… It is totally unnecessary. Igbo’s are not the first nigerian “people” to have useless leadership at the helm. Hausa’s have had too many to list. So have Yoruba’s. I think we can all agree that poor leadership has been the bane of Nigeria’s problems.

      • Maria

        ok, sir.

    • Wähala

      @Maria,
      I am Igbo and detest in strident tone your disparaging stereotyping of Igbos… you ought to know better. I’ve severally said Gov. Rochas okorocha is, “the only savvy Igbo politician for guaranteeing an Igbo presence in the new political dispensation in Nigeria”. He is an Igbo leader nursing Presidential Ambition in his new party, I detest your umbrageous and egregious abuse of my people with your chance to contribute (intelligently) to national discourse, what a wasted chance. I demand an Apology on behalf of my people before I tell you what your people are truly made of? Others drink tea with breakfast, you gulp Mariacron (herbs-in-gin) and now misbehaving with a crass & boisterous rancor, abi? Thugs like boi-boi Peter Obi, Uba thug-bros, He-Goat, Ezeife and the Olisa Metuhs are “Anambra Igbos” dance their Atiliogu for their sokoto, they don’t speak for me and all Igbos. Plse, take serious note of that fact. Wallahi, I demand apology!

      • Maria

        Bros, ‘am sorry(deeply) if my comment offends you.

        • Wähala

          Hey!
          Always known you’re a lady with character, but a bit spontaneous and full of feisty dexterity…
          I’ve got strong jaws and can take as hard a punch as I throw, my only concern was the stereotype would blacklist you among Igbo contributors here which would be sad for me personally since any sting on you would equally hurt/demoralize me. But, sh*t happens… I once apologized to the Yoruba Nation via @Mosaku147 because he demanded it. Didn’t get a grey hair doing so and I guess we’re now chico! One Big Happy Family… how about a bottle of odeku to smoothen it out, tall or short?

          ps…
          My respect (&love) for you has today multiplied to equal all the hairs on your pretty head… RESPECT!

          • deji

            The two love birds should please get a room and spare the rest of us who are “innocent children” this lovey dovey going on.
            lol.

          • Wähala

            Ask #Mosaku147… na true.
            Sometimes we lose patience with some of these politicians and go overboard, but no disputing the fact she’s shown maturity/character by apologizing for upsetting even one person. For me, that’s civil. Goes to prove she was truly born outside Nigeria because no dry-ass Nigerian woman would apologize to a total stranger in person muchless online… Give kudos to whom kudos is due. @Mariacron deserves tons of kudos… wallahi!

          • deji

            From “Igbo bashing” to “dry-ass Nigerian born woman”. Hehehehehehe. I am your moderator for today.
            I beg leave “Nigerian born woman” for the rest of us oh. Na dem be our mothers and sisters…………

    • Otile

      You are an idyot with no common sense. What do you know about politics? How are you better than any Igbo? Odale.

    • tundemash

      Do not paint the whole igbo tribe with same paint meant for hopeless id10ts like Otile. Some of my igbo friends are bright minds much unlike the Otile clown. And in every tribe, there are some hopeless people e.g Femi Fani Kayode.

      You need to know Otile is all about “stomach infrastucture” just like the Victor Umeh guy. It’s all aout what they can eat. APGA could not even muster enough vote, in any of the Igbo states, for their last Presidential candiate Odumegwu Ojuwu so it is understandable why they don’t have one; they only exist on paper !

      • Otile

        Abubakar tundemash, say better, you know that I am a bright mind too. Don’t put me down because I warned you to leave Islam and their evil APC. I mean well for you, ore mi.

        • tundemash

          The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the f00l (Otile): these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.

          Go to bed f00l !

          • Otile

            Don’t sing me one of your islamic satanic lullaby lyrics at high noon and tell me to go to bed. It is not bedtime yet. Come out of your foolishness, idi*t.

    • deji

      The question should be, how come there is no Igbo man contesting for the Presidency under the PDP umbrella? 16 years gone.

  • Onyekwere

    APGA is not an Igbo party. Their Chairman does not have any following outside Anambra State and with Obi decamping APGA may not be too sure of Anambra. Supporting GEJ is a deal Umeh struck to snatch the chairmanship of the party from Maxi to him. Please leaves the Igbos alone.

    • Jujubeans

      Dalu Nwanem. I really don’t know how we continue to allow such clowns represent us.

  • True Nigerian

    Well, I know for sure that not even one member of my family will cast half a vote for Jonathan. That is sure! And what should worry Jonathan is the fact that the same family which does not have anyone supporting him right now had everyone – except me – behind him in 2011. It shows how much Jonathan has squandered goodwill, and that is what he should be worried about rather than the empty pseudo-Igbo champions like Victor Umeh whose APGA credentials is even questionable among APGA people too. Hahahaha! Funny! All this APGA this and APGA that as per giving Jonathan every Igbo vote is just utter rubbish and self-validation by those who have already planned how to rob the rest of us in the name of representing or speaking for Igbos. It is just like the animals who gave Stella Oduah an award in the name of Igbo pride. I will continue to denounce them to remind everyone that in Igboland where I was born, stealing is considered a shameful thing both at family and community level. So those who honour thieves for stealing are only speaking for their gutter conscience and cultural depravity. If Stella Odua were to sit before me today, I would cast the first stone on her to show everyone how sick I am of those who steal in my name or in the name of anything Nigerian. And if I were to become the President today, Stella Odua and her husband who was also sacked as a minister would certainly be in my jailing list. As simple as that.
    In summary, I am an Igbo, soundly educated, a Christian and very comfortable in my own skin. However, except an idyot, no Igbo person with their right minds should be voting for a President that awards the contract for 2nd Niger Bridge at a cost that is about 4 times higher than the real cost and also on the condition that Igbo commuters will pay the debt for 25 years. No Igbo person that knows what he is doing would vote for a government under whose watch the Igbo land and the rest of Nigeria has turned to a den of kidnappers’, terrorists’ and free-for-all looting spree by oil thefts who are govt cronies, oil subsidy thieves, governors and ministers whose mindless stealing does not improve my life in any conceivable way.
    Idi*ocy is not an Igbo man. And that is exactly the statement I’ll be making with my vote and my words in February. Utter nonsense!

    • Otile

      I am glad you are not Igbo. A Yoruba man faking Igbo does not make him Igbo. Nonesense.

      • True Nigerian

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
        I can see how harshly you’ve been reconciled with the reality that there are Igbos like me. And I can also see how deeply I am getting under the skin of those who think Igbos are fools! You have actually congratulated me! Thank you, bro! To think that I am so unbelievable that you have assigned me to the Yorubas is quite gratifying. It shows that there is hope for Igbos after all. Everyday is for the thief, but one day is for the owner. If Jesus tarries, the Joshua generation is coming and your type will not like to live in the new Nigeria that we are going to build!

        Can’t you see how poor your intellect is. You now suggest that only Yorubas, not Igbos, would be averse to a repeat of another wasted four years of fear and insecurity for Nigeria, as if Yorubas are the only ones who will benefit from voting out a horrendous leadership. It also shows how bigoted you are, considering that the same Yorubas you hate so much were very instrumental in giving Jonathan a landslide in 2011. You see ethnic bigotry can’t live in big minds. It always resides in very tiny minds with very poor intellect, because it cannot stand the logic and scrutiny of even an averagely critical intellect.

        I am Igbo, and if it makes you sick, better look for medication quickly, because the fact you just don’t want to have Igbos like me doesn’t make any difference to our existence among you. 🙂

        • Otile

          Why do many educated Yorubas call themselves Igbo? Igbo is a unique ethnic group in Africa not an ideology. Man know thyself.

          • Jujubeans

            What have you been smoking?????

      • zaragoza

        sharap ya smelling corrupt mouth anybody with different opinion isn’t igbo.

    • antonym

      I do agree with you in all entirety, but I would hope our vote will not come to naught this time. The present mess in the country need to be sorted.

    • Beeba

      God bless u. I am very Hausa, but I will not vote for an incompetent Hausa man, never. The reality is that regardless of where GEJ comes from, Nigeria has never been so incompetently mismanaged, corruption has never reached such alarming proportions, and security so totally out of control.I think anyone laying any claims to education should search their conscience and vote for someone you genuinely believe will move this country forward. The bombs do not discriminate, NEPA or whatever they are now don’t either. We have descended to a level where tiny African nations that used to look up to us in awe now use us as comedy subjects.Nigeria has brilliant minds, we do not deserve Jonathan.

    • Jujubeans

      Thank you bro’. Very well said! “Princess” Stella and scum like her are a disgrace!

  • Truthometer

    Victor Umeh is a political businessman; and his game is cash and carry politics. This is not new. But I can assure you that this character is not speaking for Igbos, but rather for his purse.

    • Otile

      Speak for your Odua tribe, leave Igbo alone.

      • Truthometer

        How do you know who is Igbo or not online? Bro, stop taking those expired medication from Onitsha market. They are really having side effects in your brain. Not every Igbo are crookish like you and your idle Nigerian idol in Aso rock.

        • Otile

          Are you denying your odua race? Shame on you.

        • George

          pls tell that to AD when then sold out where were you and who are you to the Igbos where to go.

          When Tinubu single handedly negotiated for GEJ last election who condem him.

  • BABUYANMA

    The biafrian chop-chop politics.

    • Otile

      The odua treacherous politics.

      • BABUYANMA

        You biafrians will make sure that Jonathan loses the election bcos of ya dishonesty. Jonathan will only win the biafrian states ONLY bcos those are the ONLY people he can buy.

        • Otile

          To your dismay, Biafrans carry the swing votes in the states that matter throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Imam Buhari snubbed Biafrans in 2011 and cried out loud when the show was over.

          • BABUYANMA

            2015 is around the corner. Only fools depend on the biafrians.

          • Otile

            Ignore Biafran precious votes and lose big. That is a given.

          • BABUYANMA

            The biafrians are marginal in Nigeria

          • Otile

            Then why did your fathers go to war to bring Biafrans back? They know they would perish with Biafrans.

          • BABUYANMA

            You mean Nigeria taught the biafrians lesson for invading our country. The worthless noisemakers got a lesson of a lifetime

          • Otile

            You must be ever grateful to Britain, Russia, and the Arabs who did the fighting for you, while you did the looting, raping, and mass murder of children. What are you proud of, odale.

          • BABUYANMA

            I can show you pictures/videos of Black Scorpion, Obasanjo, Shuwa, Danjuma mauling the lazy loud mouth biafrians. Show the world pictures of foreigners fighting for Nigeria. You biafrians are NOTHING.

          • Otile

            So you are proud of your barbarian brethren mauling innocent babies and women, raping them. Shame on you and your race.

          • BABUYANMA

            Very proud to teach you fools lesson for having the courage to invade our country. I didn’t see no baby. women in the war front. I saw you lazy loud mouth ugly biafrian men.

          • Otile

            Be fat and happy of your barbarism. A fo*l s entitled to his delusion. Enjoy.

          • BABUYANMA

            Biafrians always want to take advantage of people. A dog trying to eat a Lion, and got eaten. Whats wrong with that?

          • George

            After the Bisfrains war God that never sleep gave your boys BOKO HARAM guns to destroy yourself from within so rejoyce not because what Biafrians couldn’t achive God in Heaven has achieved it.

          • BABUYANMA

            God is a good God. The biafrians are satanic worshippers.

          • Otile

            The oil money wasted in sending this one to school should have been better spent feeding pigs. What an illiterate fo*l on display here, can’t read or write.

          • BABUYANMA

            Biafrian thief thief. All you can think about is oil money. The oil money that led ojukwu wanting to create biafria. 3.5 million dead bcos of greed.

          • George

            I can tell you its through that raping that gave birth to OBEY OZEKESELI

          • Maria

            They have no precious votes…biafrans are not the swing states… the real deal is SW and NW.

          • Otile

            There are as many Ndigbo in Eko and Kano as there are Yorubas and Hausa Fulani combined. With powerful Igbo votes Jonathan will crush Imam Buhari by day or by night.

          • Maria

            He won many states in the north… the only reason GEJ won was because the yaribas voted him.

          • Otile

            Before you address me again change your name back to a male name. Oruko yin nko?

      • Onyeze

        @Otile…nwokem tone it down! You’re disgracing us here. First, you speak for yourself and not for Igbo people. You’re definitely entitled to your own personal opinion. After reading the entire column here, I noticed you threw the first insult here. You can disagree with somebody without “firing” insult to entire ethnic group because of your disagreement with one individual.
        Now, as an I gbo man, I can tell you, APGA is not a political party. Don’t be deceived. Political party is for people that share same political ideology irrespective of their ethnic origin. If APGA shares same political ideology with PDP, why do they exist?, they need to move over to PDP. Peter Obi used the platform to run for the governor of the state. After he got what he wanted, he jumped to PDP looking for favor from PDP. Same Peter Obi that said Ngige belongs to Yoruba party. What exactly is Yoruba part? stop this nonsense people!
        In a free world, people have the right to belong to whatever political association they choose. What makes you think every igbo man must belong to APGA.
        If you have something meaningful to discuss on this, I’m available to engage you. If you want to continue with insults….save that for somebody else.
        One final note: Follow a leader who has a clear vision and plan of action to change your life, your environment and give hope to the helpless…..not one that wants to vote for GEJ/PDP, not because of anything he’s done in 6yrs but because he is closest to an igbo man…in his judgement. You can do better my brother.

  • Chris1408

    Just because APGA adopt GEJ as their presidential candidate, it doesn’t mean the entire Igbo people will vote for dumbo GEJ. Umeh is trying to fill his stomach and pocket. Nigerian politicians

  • Kitunde

    Stomach Infrastucture! Just check the logic…So if you cannot lead APC adopt Jonathan… These guys are so funny…

    • George

      They are funny but BOLA IGE wasn’t funny when AD sold out to PDP.

      TINUBU wasn’t funny then.

      Even the Adesanya wasn’t funny.

      God hate you all

      • Zaragoza

        hey wake up man, God doesn’t hate but the oracle in your village does. not to worry you will get swallowed by the tied called Jonathan.

  • Maria

    Igbos… always sell out… later they will say some people are their enemies…yeye people… the wind of change is blowing and it is going to blow Jonathan and his millions of igbo supporters into political oblivion.

    • deji

      Maria, I beg cool down. Stop this Igbo bashing if not for anything for the sake of Igbos in the same party with you. That being said, Yoruba people will say we cannot all sleep and face the same direction. Not all Yorubas are in APC and not all Igbos are supporting PDP / APGA. The last time I check, there is freedom of association even in Nigeria.
      Even if 90% Igbos are in support of APC, how would you know, when PDP and some Igbo elites / politicians will not allow their votes to count by just writing fictitious election results? Ever wonder how Ojukwu lost to Obasanjo and Yar Adua even within Igbo land?
      But I agree with your last statement:

      “The wind of change is blowing and it is going to blow Jonathan and his millions of igbo supporters into political oblivion”

    • Wähala

      Maria, you’re losing it. Calm down. This your line of spray-fire is really immature. I avoided reciprocating because of my respect for you & respectable Yorubas. I will throw my engagement ring back at you if you don’t calm down… what’s your beef with Igbos? Seriously, enough is enough!

      • Jujubeans

        She’s too high right now man… Better collect your engagement ring o! crack ho that she is… She’ll soon have to sell it to feed her habit.

      • Otile

        Are you gay? The so-called Maria is a man. Don’t your ring on a hopeless transvestite.

      • Otile

        Are you gay? The so-called Maria is a man. Don’t waste your ring on a hopeless transvestite.

        • Wähala

          Didn’t you agree to be my Bestman at our wedding? When did you discover s/he’s a transie?
          Say what you know on invitation because I know her personally and can report she’s got kids…
          Does a transvestite make even test-tube babies… how/where will he carry such pregnancies, his scotum? Mahn, stop disparaging my iywo, if you wan back out, back out… but, leave us alone, hia?

          • Otile

            I don’t believe you are gay, back out before you get a shock of your life. A tran belongs to gayhood/gaydom. It’s abomination in Igboland and in the Holy Scriptures.

    • George

      When your mumu Yorubas sold out to son’s wife fucker old monkey OBJ during AD that made the entire SOUTH WEST crumbled and lost five states to PDP where were your father MARIA.

      MAY YOU lay never wake up.

      • Maria

        Yaribas sold out to this mumu creek dweller… but not again.

      • Kitunde

        George, you are such a gentleman and pleasant- I hope you have Kids and they learn from you how to communicate in public debates!

    • Jujubeans

      Maria, I used to have some respect for you.. But you’ve shown who you truly are… At best, a raving bigot whose words border on lunacy due to hate, and at worst a crack ho’ getting high on her own supply.

      • Otile

        What do you expect from a Yoruba idiotic man calling himself Maria? You can see, he has no atom of self-respect. Ignore his croaking henceforth.

  • Maria

    My igbo inlaws… please forgive my offensive comments. But it baffles me to see some people drumming support for the most incompetent president ever to rule any nation. I supported and campaigned in 2010 for this man… only to find out he did not deserve it judging by his epileptic performance.

    • deji

      I knew it. I have always suspected that you have some form of relationship with Igbos. Be careful and dont come here to begin to yab all Igbos simply because you and ya madam / husband dey quarell for house.

      Who is your brother among the following:

      (1) Joe Igbokwe

      (2) Femi Fani Kayode

      (3) Iyioola Omisore

      (4) Osita Okechukwu

      (5) Doyin Okupe

      (6) Sen Chris Ngige

      ????

  • alko

    In the Nigerian project, the Igbo man is the only one without direction, negative or positive, they flow from zones of lower “concentration” to areas of higher “concentration”. concentration is this case is naira!

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