Senate swears in Umeh as Senator representing Anambra-Central


Former Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Sir Victor Umeh has been sworn in by the Nigerian Senate as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the Red Chamber.

Umeh was elected as a Senator to represent the seven local government areas of Njikoka, Anaocha, Dunukofia, Idemili North and South and Oyi which make up Anambra Central after a rerun election that took place last Saturday.

The Appeal Court in December 2015, sacked Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following an appeal brought to it by Umeh and subsequently barred PDP from presenting a candidate for the rerun.

Umeh polled 64, 878 votes, roundly defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Chris Ngige who came second with 975 votes even as he had earlier announced his withdrawal from the poll.

The swearing-in, which was supervised by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, began at 10:50am and lasted 10 minutes.

Umeh was accompanied by his wife and a host of loyal supporters who filled the chamber’s gallery and the Press Centre.

Senator Umeh becomes the only APGA Senator in the present Senate and the first Senator of the party from Anambra State, the first being Senator Chris Anyanwu from Imo State.

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