The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has visited and consulted the home of the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a foremost Igbo leader and the Ezeigbo Gburugburu of Igboland.
The delegation, led by Emma Eneukwu, deputy national chairman of APC (South), came to Mr Ojukwu’s home in Enugu on Thursday with other party chieftains.
Mr Eneukwu said it was imperative that any party seeking inroad and impact electoral-wise in the South-East must consult with the Ojukwu family.
According to him, the late Ojukwu held a lot of credibility and followership and commanded great respect among Igbos.
“It will be gratifying if you tell people to vote for us (APC) because I know your family commands a lot of respect, especially in Igboland (all Igbo-speaking areas of South East, South-South and North-Central zones),” Mr Eneukwu told Bianca Ojukwu, Mr Ojukwu’s widow. “When they vote for us, we will make sure that your pride of place is maintained. As an Eagle, Ojukwu’s pride of place will be surely maintained for ages.”
Ms Ojukwu, who received the APC national delegation, said, “I think all of us here know what we in the South East are passing through. We are looking forward to a government that will bring in security. We are looking forward to a government that will alleviate the suffering of the people.”
She added, “Of course, Igbos are looking for equity, fairness and inclusiveness, which we have not really been accorded within the Nigeria polity. And this is the message I would want you to take back to the presidential candidate of APC.”
She, however, said the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has a presidential candidate “that we hope would do what is necessary to change the paradigm.”
Some days ago, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, visited the Ojukwus in Enugu.