SON of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Emeka Ojukwu, has indicated interest to contest the 2021 Anambra State governorship election.
Ojukwu, in a statement yesterday, said he is contesting for the governorship on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
He also condemned his late father’s wife, Bianca, for allegedly ‘misleading’ the public with falsehood in an interview where she said the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, could not be an auxiliary to the late Ojukwu as APGA leader.
Bianca had stated in the interview that Obiano knows little or nothing about the philosophy of the party and had not honored her husband, but instead uses his name and pictures for political gains.
He faulted Bianca’s comments, saying he would have taken a pass on the insinuations, allusions, and outright falsehood but thought otherwise to keep the record straight.
“I find it pressing from the perspective of an insider to present the truth to preserve and protect the ideals that my late father and mentor held sacred, the good name of Governor Obiano, and the reputation of the party that my father bequeathed to us. Given his standing by birth, heritage, disposition, and calling, Odumegwu-Ojukwu never shied away from fully expressing his feelings, observations, and apprehensions.
“Having trained, first, as a historian at Oxford University, I find it difficult to accept that he would resort to an oral history with all the known attendant pitfalls.
“As a matter of fact, he documented his views concerning Biafra and Nigeria in books and live interviews for ease of reference. Any attempt therefore to recast or present his views regarding Biafra or Nigeria without proper references should be considered dead on arrival.
“Having worked for many years closely with Governor Obiano, I can, with the same level of confidence, state unequivocally, that he did not and would not make the disparaging and false statements towards my late father, attributed to him in that article. If you have occasion to speak to him directly, he would confirm the same,” he said.