Interview : Hon . Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Opens up

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Interview : Hon . Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Opens up
Interview : Hon . Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Opens up


INTERVIEW


First son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.



Question :  You visited the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, ...are you not worried that it might be said that you have eaten your words


ANSWER.  :. 

It is natural for people to read meaning into the visit... The chairman, while in Abuja had paid me a visit and I promised to reciprocate... During the visit the Chairman and I discussed many issues, from the Igbo situation in Nigeria, to issues pertaining to Anambra state, down to the growth of APGA in recent years and the prognosis for the party, given the current agitations by some members after the most recent primary elections.


My input was solicited and I gave my opinion as a stake holder in Anambra state. My focus was on the prognosis for the party and my opinion is as follows:  While it is true that some things could have been done better, I would appeal to all members that the baby should not be thrown out with the bath water.


APGA is a national political party that has massive followership in the South East and I believe that most Igbos, myself included, regardless of their political affiliations, still have that attachment to all issues that concern Igbo land.


Ezeigbo Gburu-Gburu Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu, my late father, sacrificed his youth, his time, his health, his wealth, for the good of his people. APGA is his legacy, and as such must be protected. If we allow our grievances, justified or unjustified, perceived or otherwise to lead us into actions that will lead to APGAs demise, we would be destroying Ojukwu's legacy and the ideologies he bequeathed to us.


Being the first son of Ezeigbo, I have a moral burden to protect those things he held most dear and sacred while exercising my right to freedom of association.


I am honored that the APGA National Chairman found it imperative to solicit my contribution.


QUESTION : Do you mean that they should all forgive and forget?


Let me first remind you of the story of King Solomons judgement and that biblical woman who advocated before the king, that instead of dissecting the baby, he should be kept alive such that when the child grows, he will discover who his mother is.


Anybody who loves and holds dear everything my father stood for, would, like the woman, chose the personal sacrifice,  as painful it may be, over the alternative, which would lead to the death of the "baby".


So, I say they should sheath their swords for the greater good and in honor of the man we all claim to love and respect.


If they persist and allow the party to disintegrate, there are other well meaning sons of the soil ready and willing to pick up the mantle to keep the legacy alive.


QUESTION :  ...You are making statements in sympathy for APGA ?



ANSWER :  I was asked questions about APGA and I answered questions about APGA which happens to be the ruling party in my state. I cannot be concerned about my state without having a say on it's ruling party which by the way, has not done too badly in recent years. Sometimes it is easier to focus on the negative and overlook the positive. From 3 they now have 10 Federal House members, they have gained ground in various states including Bayelsa, Imo, Abia, Taraba, FCT, Niger, Kaduna and Anambra.


QUESTION : Some people are of the opinion that the governor has a hand in your visit. Possibly to use you to ensure that the party remains relevant. What is your relationship with Governor Willie Obiano? 


ANSWER : He is the Governor and the first citizen of Anambra state. He is my elder and in Igbo land we give respect to whom it is due and that is our tradition. Beyond that we have been friends and continue to enjoy a good relationship. In terms of this particular visit, I am not aware that he is involved. By the way, APGA as a National party, (officially the 3rd Party in Nigeria) has been relevant in the national discourse over the years and is even more so today than in years past.

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