Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has debunked the claim by Emeka Ojukwu jnr, son of the late Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, that he was being pestered by the governor to return to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Ojukwu jnr had on November 15 dumped APGA for the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the party’s grand rally in Awka organised three days to the last governorship election in Anambra. The rally was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a recently issued statement, Ojukwu jnr had claimed that Obiano had been piling pressure on him to return to APGA, describing the purported pressure as infantile, and indicative of the governor’s ignorance about the workings of politics in Nigeria.
In his reaction, Obiano accused Ojukwu jnr of lying against him, stressing that he had never talked to the late Igbo warlord’s son since he defected to the APC.
Obiano said he had nothing to gain should Ojukwu return to APGA, as Ojukwu, according to him, has no political value in Anambra State.
He wondered on what grounds anybody would ever lobby Ojukwu to return to the APGA when he never held any important position to warrant being described as a stakeholder or a leader of APGA when he was a member.
The governor, in a statement by his media aide, Oliver Okpala, said he could not have approached Ojukwu to return to the APGA as he had no political clout that could be useful to the party.
He said, “It is a matter of pure pathetic fallacy for the Junior Ikemba to say that Governor Obiano is lobbying him to come back to APGA which he claimed he won’t accept.
“In fact nobody knew that he was a member of the party, so on what grounds was he relevant to the fold?” Obiano asked
The statement added that Ojukwu’s son is a sad irony of his father who “in his lifetime was the champion of the struggle for the rights and emancipation of his people, standing firm with his Igbo brothers and sisters and never betraying their cause”.