5th November, 2021
By Francis Onyeukwu
Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election, Bianca, the widow of late Biafra warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has attacked Governor Willie Obiano, blaming him for the dwindling political fortune of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Anambra State.
APGA which has been the ruling party in Anambra State in the past 16 years is also a leading contender in the November 6 governorship election.
However, ahead of the election, many members of the party, including the state deputy governor, Nkem Okeke has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In a statement on Thursday to mark the Nov. 4 posthumous birthday of her husband who was also the founder of APGA, Bianca pointedly blamed bad leadership and alleged poor governance of Anambra by Governor Obiano for the development.
Though she expressed optimism that APC will win the election, she insinuated that the party’s victory will not be because of performance of Governor Obiano’ performance in office in his about to end eight years’ tenure.
Bianca stated that it was of serious concern that members of APGA were decamping to other political parties in their numbers especially the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Bad leadership has left a deeply wounded and visibly divided party, with members decamping from the party almost on a daily basis with the alacrity of rats deserting a sinking ship.
“Curiously, they are almost all defecting to APC. Our party has lost almost half of our state and national legislators, several principal members of our Board of Trustees including the Secretary of the Board.
“The serving deputy governor of the state, Dr Nkem Okeke, who joined the APC recently, Party local government leaders, countless party executive members including Governor Obiano’s own ward chairman all joining APC is very worrisome,” she said.
Mrs Ojukwu blamed APGA’s present leader and the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano and his henchmen for the downfall of the party.
“APGA is now like a secret cult and this has reduced our once vibrant party to a shadow of its former self,” she lamented.
According to her, the state is suffering the most extreme state of insecurity under his watch which has seen several citizens, including a traditional ruler in his community gunned down in broad daylight recently.
“To the governor’s credit, Anambra Airport is nearing completion but then, the intercity roads and roads leading to the communities are in a terrible state, and this has created a persistent gridlock within the state”, she said.
The former beauty queen however, expressed optimism that in spite of the obvious cracks, she was confident that APGA would do well during Saturday election.
She said that APGA was not just a political party, but a state of mind.
“The party has a good candidate in this guber election in the person of Prof. Charles Soludo and he has all it takes to chart a new course both in the trajectory of the party and of the state,” she said.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)