Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Barely two weeks after the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) survived the National leadership tussle of the party via the Supreme Court, the party has again been enmeshed in fresh crisis following the senatorial ambition of Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, wife of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.
Currently the state chairman of the party Chief Nobert Obi who is from Anambra South Senatorial zone with Bianca Ojukwu is alleged to be under pressure to endorse the candidacy of Ojukwu’s wife.
According to the coordinator Anambra South Integrity Forum (ASIF) Chief Olisaemeka Muoma who spoke with reporters in Awka, “It is sad and unfortunate that the internal democracy of our great party APGA is being destroyed by the wife of our late leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu who has been going about threatening to deal with any person or group of persons that would want to oppose her ambition.
“Bianca Ojukwu has vowed to create crisis of confusion in our party and to ensure that her opponents and fellow aspirants are expelled from the party if she is not given the senatorial ticket on a platter of gold.
“Her supporters have been boasting that not even the governor Chief Willie Obiano and his wife can stop her from flying the flag of the party in 2019 National Assembly Election”.
Continuing, Muoma contended that the Anambra South Integrity Forum made up of supporters of other senatorial aspirants, Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, Chief Ikenna Mbazurike Amaechi has resolved to ensure that the Anambra South senatorial primary elections of the party must be conducted in line with the constitution of APGA.
He said, “Our party has a constitution which stipulates the guidelines for the conduct of primary election in APGA and it must be followed to the letter. We urge the National Chairman of our great party Ozo Victor
Oye not to allow himself to be used to destroy the party by handing over the Anambra South Senatorial ticket of our party to Bianca Ojukwu who has contributed next to nothing to the growth and success of our
“Bianca, due to her position as wife of our late leader has been milking the resources of the party since its formative stage and has been using all forms of blackmail and harassment to rip off hundreds of millions of naira from the state and successive state governments since the regime of Mr. Peter Obi till date.
“We have resolved to ensure that this planned charade do not succeed through every means possible”.
Efforts to reach Bianca Ojukwu proved abortive as she failed to pick her calls as at the time of the report.
But when contacted, the vice chairman of the party for Anambra South Senatorial Zone Chief Titus Anigbogu told reporters that no aspirant has the capacity to force him or herself on the party.
“I am not aware of any pressure from Bianca Ojukwu on the party and do not think that both the National Chairman and State chairman of our party can be put under any pressure so ever.
“Our party APGA has guidelines for our primary elections and we cannot change the goal post in the middle of the game. I also wish to make it clear that from the post of state Assembly, Federal House of Representatives to the Senate; we do not have any annointed candidate everybody must follow the constitution and process of our primary election.
“I also want to use this opportunity to reassure all our aspirants and party faithful that a level play ground would be provided for a healthy, hitch-free and fair primary elections,” he said.