Mrs Bianca Ojukwu has revealed the reason behind her non-appearance at Saturday’s flag-off of the APGA governorship campaign.
According to her, she refused to attend in order to protest “post-mortem disrespect’’ to her deceased husband via a statement issued in Awka on Sunday, September 26.
She laid the blame for the “post-mortem disrespect’’ to Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu on the doorstep of APGA’s leadership.
Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as well as Dr Ifeanyi Ibezim, APGA’s governorship and deputy governorship candidates, respectively, kick-started their 2021 campaign on Saturday.
Bianca Ojukwu was conspicuously absent at the event unlike previous mega political activities held by APGA, a party that branded late Ojukwu as the spiritual leader of the party.
Another obvious sign which also made some political observers note that there was a serious crack in the party was the removal of Ojukwu’s image on the customised uniform of APGA worn by people at the event.
Some party faithful, however, wore the old uniform bearing the image of the Eze Igbo Gburugburu, Dim Ojukwu, to the event.
Bianca Ojukwu described as an affront, the treatments to her late husband by the present leadership of APGA.
“It is an irony that today Gov. Willie Obiano has resuscitated Dim Ojukwu’s pictures for use; in campaigning for the upcoming elections in Anambra.
“This is the height of opportunism and hypocrisy. Is Ojukwu not the same man Obiano once described as a dead man who was no longer relevant to the party?
“Why should I permit him to keep trampling on the legacy of my late husband; who put his heart and soul into this party?
“Ojukwu should not be like a light switch to be turned on for party campaign; and turned off once the election is won,’’ she said.
The former Nigerian ambassador to Spain expressed displeasure at the decision of APGA’s leadership; to expunge her husband’s image from the APGA uniform as well as other insignia of the party.
“It is most unfortunate that Gov. Obiano decided to remove the picture of Ojukwu; and replace same with his picture just to drive home his statement; that `he would no longer tie the fate and fortunes of APGA to the memory of a dead man’; obviously in reference to my husband,’’ Bianca said.
Reacting to Bianca’s charges, Mr C-Don Adinuba, Director Media, Soludo Governorship Campaign Organisation, said that the omission of Ojukwu’s image on the APGA uniform was not a ploy to insult late Ojukwu and his family.
“It was a mistake by the person who handled the recent uniform the party printed,’’ he said.