Bianca, the widow of the late Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, has accused the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, of betraying the late Ezeigbo in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), by failing to sustain his legacies.
Speaking ahead of the scheduled Saturday, Nov. 18 election in the state, Bianca who is the chairman of APGA National Contact, Mobilization and Dialogue Committee said she was confident that APGA’s Willie Obiano will return for a second term based on his accomplishments of administration over the past three years and seven months.
In a recent interview with the Sun, the former Nigerian ambassador to Spain explained why former Governor Peter Obi who was a staunch member of APGA fell out with the party. Her words:
“It is simple. I maintain that Peter Obi betrayed Dim Ojukwu, and tried to destroy APGA for his own selfish interests. He has continued to undermine Ojukwu’s personality and recently, he has gone ahead to desecrate his legacy.
“From relative obscurity, Obi was brought into national prominence when the leader, Ojukwu, through his party APGA, offered him an opportunity and platform upon which he ran and became governor of Anambra State. Ojukwu sacrificed so much and laboured for him to become governor. He (Ojukwu) was fiercely protective of him and helped him overcome the various challenges that confronted him.
“Peter Obi had a difficult first tenure and stepped on so many toes that the majority of our party faithful were adamant that he should not be nominated for a second tenure. Yet Ojukwu stood by him when it mattered most, jeopardised his health by traversing all the local governments in a rigorous campaign on his behalf and begged the people of Anambra State to grant him a last wish by returning Obi for a second term.
“This feat was achieved for the first time in Anambra State’s history on 6th February 2010. Peter Obi swore to Ojukwu, upon his honour, that he would never abandon APGA; that he would quit politics or die; rather than leave APGA, and that he would preserve this legacy as a potent voice and rallying point for Ndigbo.
“History will judge him (Obi) harshly because the truth of the matter is that it is his pathological fear of political redundancy and oblivion that is now driving him dangerously close to the precipice from where he will soon commit political suicide. The people of Anambra State cannot be hoodwinked as they are determined not to indulge him with a third tenure by installing his candidate as governor.”
Bianca’s allegations are coming just after Ojukwu’s first son had accused her of being responsible for his father’s death and turning against Peter Obi who came through for the family when the late Ojukwu was gravely ill.
However, ahead of the Saturday polls, Emeka Ojukwu Jnr has now dumped APGA, the party which was founded by his father for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ojukwu Jnr made his declaration on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Awka, at the grand finale campaign of the APC candidate for the Anambra 2017 governorship election, Tony Nwoye.
According to him, his decision to join the party was to protect the interest of the Igbos. Adorned in a toga of his new party, the late Ojukwu’s first son said it was time for the people of the South-east region to move from “the recession of the periphery to the centre.”
“It is time to leave the shadows for light. Every now and then, they come out with my father’s shadow to confuse the people,” he said.
According to him, APGA is a means to an end but not an end itself. He said the reason why his father joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the Second Republic was to ensure that Igbo people remained in the mainstream of Nigerian politics.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, 12 APC governors, National Assembly members in the party were among other party big wigs who witnessed the event.
“Mr. President, I am proud to stand here today in support of you and in solidarity with the APC and our candidate, Tony Nwoye,” Emeka Ojukwu Jnr said.
The APC national chairman presented the party symbol to him and described the rally as “another historic campaign.”
Oyegun recalled that President Buhari made history when he unseated the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, saying that the same feat would be achieved in the Anambra 2017 governorship election.