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Peter Umeadi, APGA presidential candidate

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By Abiodun Okunloye

A law professor and ex-chief judge in pursuit of Harmonizing Nigeria - Umeadi.

Umeadi Peter Nnanna is a former Chief Judge of the Anambra State court as well as a professor of law, party chieftain, and Politician. The 67-year-old candidate hails from the Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. In 1979, he earned his LL. B (Hons) in Law from the University of Nigeria’s Enugu Campus. He graduated from the Nigerian Law School in Lagos in 1980. Then served as a judge in 1997 for the Anambra State High Court. He assumed the office of Chief Judge of Anambra State in 2011. He was accepted into the National Judicial Institute and the National Judicial Council. He served as Chief Judge for eight years before retiring in 2019, and he started working as a visiting professor in March 2019 at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Faculty of Law.

Following his Retirement as chief judge of Anambra State in March 2019, he joined the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in his home ward of Nri Ward II in Anaocha, Anambra, and declared his candidacy for president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria On the first day of June 2022. With Comrade Abdullahi Koli Mohammed as his vice presidential candidate, he became the APGA presidential aspirant in the 2023 elections. In Bauchi State, he holds the titles of Dan Amar of Ningi and also Sarduana of Nasaru. His motivation for seeking the presidency comes from a desire to bring Peace and unity to all corners of his beloved country, Nigeria.

Aspiration to unite Nigeria and bring patriotism drives his candidacy.

In a statement to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ozonkpu Victor Oye, Umeadi declared his decision to run for president of Nigeria and promised to lead the country back to the road of growth, harmony, and prosperity through clear and consistent leadership. He said that the Nigerian government should be recognised for what it really is: a promise to the country’s populace that the country’s abundant material and human resources would be used to the greatest possible effect. Umeadi vowed to bring about Patriotism, collectively rebuild the nation’s Economy, lift all segments of society, and promote probity, accountability, and commitment in both public and private lives.

Furthermore, at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, Prof. Umeadi was screened as thoroughly as any of the other gubernatorial candidates running for the APGA in 2023. Speaking to reporters following his closed-door screening, Umeadi expressed optimism that he would rise above the pack and carry the APGA’s banner in the 2023 presidential election. According to the candidate, APGA’s capacity to conduct the screening process in an organised and effective manner demonstrates the organisation’s competence, and he and his fellow aspirants were treated with dignity and respect throughout. Umeadi went on to say that APGA has a chance to develop itself at the national level, particularly given the current desire for meaningful change in major sectors of Nigeria’s socioeconomic life.

Ethnic unionism, a key to national harmony, will be prioritised – Umeadi.

Umeadi said that because he was Chief Judge for 3 years under former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi and also for 5 years under current Governor Willie Obiano, he has the ability, knowledge of history, modesty, and self-effacement to bring ethnic groups together and make peace between them. Umeadi added that he would work toward a Nigeria in which justice would prevail for all people regardless of their background. He also said that the nation should have a system in place to ensure that everyone has access to quality Education, health care, food, safety for themselves and their families, and the opportunity to realise their full potential in a fair and regulated environment with clear expectations.

If elected president in 2023, he added, he would end distrust and bring all ethnic groups together. During a discussion with reporters in Abuja, He pledged to promote national harmony and swift development. He campaigned on a platform of fairness and transparency, promising to work to unite the nation together if successful. If the issue of unity can be solved, then other problems facing the nation, such as those involving Insecurity, the economy, and ethnicity, will be brought under control. According to Umeadi, the fundamental cause of the division was the suspicion of insincerity on the side of some authorities.

They hope to advance the country with activism and legal practice.

Moreover, according to the APGA presidential candidate, a deliberate move was the nomination of his running partner Abdullahi Muhammed Koli. He described Koli as a frontline labour union advocate and social campaigner in an announcement that he issued. He said that Koli had pioneered several struggles from 1999 to 2002 for the well-being of Nigerian workers in his competence as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman in Bauchi State. Umeadi stated that Nigerians desired a better nation and that he would use his experience as a legal practitioner to realign the country so that the law of the land would triumph. He made this pledge to the Nigerian people.


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