By O’star Eze
Emeka Ojukwu Jnr, the son of the late Biafran war lord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has dismissed the rumours making the round that he has plans to return to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The rumour came at the heels of his recent visit to the National chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye.
Recall that Emeka Ojukwu, on November, 16, 2017 defected from All Progressives Grand Alliance to All Progressives Congress (APC), given the ensurance of Igboland moving into mainstream politics at the centre as his reason for defection.
Addressing journalists in Awka, Ojukwu explained that his reason for visisting the APGA National chairman recently was not to cement his plan for come back to the party but to discuss some national issues and present situation of APGA in the country.
He noted that “it is natural for people to read meaning into the visit but to keep the record straight, during my visit, the Chairman and I discussed many issues ranging 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 stakeholder 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” he said.
For aggrieved APGA members who are bent on ensuring the death of the party, Ojukwu beckoned on them to sheath their sword and give peace achance for the good of the party.
“Let me first remind you of the story of King Solomon’s judgment 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 firm, everything my father stood for, would, like the woman, chose the personal sacrifice, as painful as it may be, over the alternative, which would lead to the death of the “baby. Therefore, I say that 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.