The failure of Mrs Bianca Ojukwu,widow of the Biafra warlord,late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu at the recent Anambra South Senatorial primary conducted by the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) may have come as a shock to some Pro-Biafra groups.
The group Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafran Independent Movement (BIM) rising from her meeting in Owerri on Monday and presided over by Ralph Uwazuruike have passed a vote of no confidence on the All Progressives Grand Alliance over the conduct of the Anambra South Senatorial primaries and the denial of ticket to Bianca, the widow of ex-Biafran warlord, Odumegwu Ojukwu.
MASSOB also warned politicians to stop forthwith the use of ex-Biafran warlord’s pictures for political campaigns, adding that a seven-day ultimatum had been issued to those having his pictures on their vehicles for political purpose to remove them.
The meeting, which recorded large attendance of MASSOB and BIM members across the state, resolved that APGA erred in the conduct of the primaries.
The group claimed that Mrs Ojukwu was unjustly denied the Anambra South Senatorial ticket.
However, Mr Uwazuruike, in the resolution, said Mrs Ojukwu merited the party’s automatic ticket for the position, going by the antecedents and influence of her late husband who was the leader of the party while alive.
“Why can’t the wife of our leader get automatic ticket when other aspirants from other two zones got automatic tickets?
“APGA does not want any member of Ojukwu’s family to be carried along but they want to win elections with Ojukwu’s picture; even Ojukwu’s son contested earlier through the party’s platform but failed,” he said.
“We are talking about the founder and former leader of the party; Ojukwu is the symbol of the party and he should be respected for that even in death.
“APGA has derailed and we will not support the party for any position in Igbo land because our late leader has been humiliated and insulted and we will stand to protect his integrity,” Uwazuruike said.
He alleged that APGA had been hijacked by cabals who now use the party as a money-making venture, adding that the party would not win the election in 2019.
Reacting, National Director of Publicity of the party, Ifeatu Okoye, debunked the claims of MASSOB leader maintaining that the party was democratic in handling its affairs.
Though Okoye acknowledge the setting up of a committee to look into what played out in the primary while insisting that APGA was doing everything possible to ensure that popular aspirants emerged.
You may recall that the widow of Odumegwu Ojukwu was defeated by an ex federal Law maker,Nicholas Ukachukwu.