The APGA Peace /Reconciliation and National Outreach Committee ably led by Senator Dr. Victor Umeh OFR (Ohamadike Ndigbo) on July 31st visited the home of the Party’s Eternal Supreme Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Ezeigbo Gburugburu) where they revered his immortality and engaged his wife, Iyom Amb. Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu on how best to reconcile the Party and make it more formidable ahead of the November 6th Anambra Governorship Election.
During the Meeting, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Victor Umeh led Members of the Committee to a parade of honor and continued fidelity to APGA, to the Eternal Leadership of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu thereby reminisced his unforgettable efforts cum commitments towards the survival of the Party while he was alive. He extolled Amb. Bianca’s thoughtful dispositions on her husband’s legacies particularly her inclination to Ikemba’s Ideology about the Igbo struggle in Nigeria.
Speaking about the need to advance the political Cause championed by Ojukwu before his departure, Senator Umeh urged Bianca to let-go all wrongs and return to her husband’s political family with her indomitable influence, her enviable clout and dynamism especially as the Party approaches the November 6th Anambra Governorship Election amidst a robust contest.
In his words:
“You are mama APGA,
” You have been away for too long, we saw your grievances and we have come that you may put the past behind and return to where you rightly belong for the sake of that last wish your husband, Ojukwu bequeathed us.
“Please put whatever provoked you aside so that we can forge ahead for the survival of APGA according to the charge by your darling husband, our eternal leader Ojukwu.
” What you should be paying more attention to is the survival of APGA because if APGA survived, Ezeigbo will be happy wherever he is.
” For the effort our Father and Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu put in for the survival of this party, there is nothing worth provoking anyone of us to the extent that we should turn our backs and allow the party to go in ruins.
” I am convinced that you understand the need for the continued struggle for the survival of this Party, that is why I have come with Members of my Committee to plead with you to put away all misdeeds that would’ve offended you.
” Eschew the embarrassment you have suffered; eschew the disappointments you have suffered for the survival of this Party, APGA.
” This Committee pleads to you, for the sake of your husband’s Love for APGA, brighten up and join us in this mission because if we go on this journey without you, we wouldn’t be complete.
” We understand the genuine grievances of all aggrieved persons and we assure you that your involvement will be deemed honorable and everyone will know that you are doing it not for any personal gain but to redeem your husband’s legacy.
” There’s a great battle outside, that is why we do not have to deplete our strength but to come together and strategize for the interest of the Party, APGA.
On his part, the Traditional Ruler of Nteje and Member of the Committee, His Royal Highness, Igwe Rowland Odegbo assured Bianca that her involvement is key in the Party’s continued growth and development especially in this critical moment when it is faced with another very divisive election.
According to him:
“Iyom Bianca, you are the Salt of APGA and we cannot go on fervently without you.
” Your husband, our leader has led this Party and he was once Governor of the Old Eastern Region therefore, you are not an ordinary person in Igbo land.
“Seeing you in APGA campaigns will gladden me in particular because you represent Ojukwu your husband and you have the message that will be told to the people.
Similarly, Chief Titus Anigbogu on his part posited thus:
” We see Ojukwu as our second god therefore we’d come to worship him.” He stressed that APGA will continue to immortalize Ojukwu for his numerous sacrifices to her and for Igbo survival.
Other persons who spoke among the Committee Members were the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Episeni Uche Victor Okafor, APGA BoT Members, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka (Ogilisi Igbo) and Dr. Mrs Uju Okeke; former Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Anayo Nnebe, former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Chief Emeka Sibudu as well as the State Secretary of APGA, Hon. Barr. Tony Ifeanya all emphasizing the need for unity and harmony in the Party.
On her part, Iyom Amb. Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu acknowledged the good intentions of the Committee towards reconciling Party Members in view of the forthcoming November 6th Governorship Election in Anambra State though maintained that a lot more is expected to be done in order to achieve a good result.
She commended Senator Victor Umeh for his continued effort in saving the party in every critical moment pointing out that his leadership of the Committee earned her confidence which made her “opened her house and her heart” for the Meeting in the first place.
Amb. Bianca assured the Committee of her willingness to resume active participation in the Party and to work together with other well-meaning and resourceful Members of the Party to ensure the Party triumphs in the November 6th Governorship Election in Anambra State.