Senior Special Assistant to former Governor Willie Obiano, Princess Bibiana Nwankwo, has declared her support for the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Chinedu Umeadi.
Nwankwo, a strong member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), declared this support for Umeadi on Wednesday at a brief ceremony held at her home in Nawfia community, Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.
I am still in APGA. I am just giving support to Chief Chinedu Umeadi who I read his manifesto and realised that he has things that will actually help my people because other people have been promising a whole lot for my people but end up not doing it.
“And this time around we don’t want to do anything because I am in APGA; therefore it must be an APGA candidate. We have diversified, trying to get the best. That’s why Peter Obi is making waves in Labour Party (LP).
“So, I checked his manifesto and spoke with him a long time ago and I took this decision. He has been talking to me about it. I know he is somebody I can hold responsible if he eventually wins and fails to do as he promised my people. I know where to get him.
Today, I called my people; I called the ward chairmen, youth leaders and women leaders of my town to inform them where my support is now. I am pitching my tent with Chinedu Umeadi of the YPP only. I am not decamping to the YPP.
Told that her action meant that she had dumped her party’s candidate for the election, Chief Dozie Nwankwo, she said: “I will not say dumped. It will be an extreme word to use.
“I will say that I have realised that everything we discussed concerning my people and what he can do for us, that this particular time, I am realising that eventually even if he wins, he might not do it for them because I can even hardly get him to convince me that all he said is achievable.
“So, I am not dumping him. I am just trying to go to another person that convinced me that he can work for my people. And we have proper agreement and arrangement.
Asked if she didn’t consider her action an antiparty activity, she said: “No, it is not antiparty because this time around in APGA, we realised that a lot of people are following different candidates.
“I have some of my colleagues supporting Uche Ekwunife. I have my colleagues, former appointees, supporting other candidates. This time around, it is not about party anymore.
“I am not the only one that pitched her tent with the candidate of another party. Why I am making my own very obvious is that I have followers. I need them to know. I can’t go to their houses one by one. I need them to know that this is the person we are supporting for senate for our own good.”
Umeadi, in his speech at the ceremony, commended the princess popularly known as Ada APGA for her massive support, promising not to let her people down.
He made it clear that his desire was to give the people of Anambra Central quality representation at the senate if given the opportunity to do so.