Former Anambra CJ, Umeadi joins 2023 presidential race

prof. nnanna umeadi
prof. nnanna umeadi

From Fred Itua, Abuja

A former Chief Judge of Anambra State, Prof. Nnanna Umeadi, on Wednesday,  joined the 2023 presidential race, as he purchased the N25 million expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Umeadi, who was State CJ during the tenure of former Governor Peter Obi in Anambra State, was accompanied by members of his support group to the APGA national secretariat in Abuja, where he paid for the party’s presidential forms.

Speaking to newsmen after a brief closed door meeting,  the APGA National chairman, Victor Ike Oye, Umeadi said he is among the most qualified among the aspirants, adding that he is bringing into his governance, rule of law and autonomy for other arms of government.

Umeadi also charged Nigerians to fight to ensure that their votes counted in the next general elections. While expressing confidence that the 2023 general election will be free and fair, the APGA presidential aspirant said though President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2022 Electoral Act late, but it is better late than never.

He said: “APGA has always been there, APGA has always had a presidential candidate in past election, I’m an aspirant today, and it is the thinking in APGA that in 2023, we will have a presidential candidate. So, in that endeavor, we will strive to change the narrative by bringing forth what had been absent, which is leadership, because in APGA we believe that it is only good leadership that can provide change.

“To reconcile with ourselves, and it is primary in my mind, of course, my running for president is predicted on the popular vote by Nigerians at the polls. So I urge all of us to support free and fair elections. And I personally stepping out as the champion of rule of law, separation of powers and due process.

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“I hope if I have the opportunity to lead Nigeria, which I will do firmly and fairly, we will engender security for lives and property, economic revitalization, and prosperity.

“I think that I’m as qualified as any other aspirant to serve as the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, be it from APGA or any other political party.

“Policy trust of your administration:

You can’t single it out and say that is it, no. I think it is about rule of law, due process, and separation of powers. And that is when you tackle the issues you have like security, giving the efforts that are required, not minding whose ox is gored. If you want to solve your problem you solve your problem, that is it. It is about rule of law.

“With your experience in judiciary, what reforms will you bring on board to reform our judicial system? I have always said that the anchor will be financial autonomy to the judiciary, legislative arm of government.

“When you have financial autonomy, nobody will have any excuse to do wrong, so that even a judge or head if judiciary, if he does wrong, he knows the rule of law and due process, he will answer for his wrong. If you want to have a good country, you don’t have to put all the money in one arm of government. There must be financial autonomy for all arm of government.”

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