If Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the late national leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) were to be alive, he would be the first to join the recently registered All Progressive Congress (APC), Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said.
The governor, who could not hold back the tears while speaking yesterday in Awka, the Anambra State capital at a rally to formally present Senator Chris Ngige as the consensus governorship candidate of the APC in the forthcoming Anambra governorship polls, lamented that the death of Ojukwu had left Ndigbo rudderless.
“Oh, I wish our leader, the Ikemba Ndigbo, were still alive to see the formation of APC. He should have asked Ndigbo to embrace it in their interest,” he cried.
Okorocha told those present at the Emmaus House in Awka that he believed that APC was “a truly national party that has the interest of the Igbo as one of its cardinal pursuits,” saying “that is why I want all of you to support the party because its symbol, the broom, is a sign of Igbo identity.”
He added that, “APGA is dead and what we have now is APGA-PDP and they want to extend their slavery of the Igbo people which we are out to fight against.”
Gov. Okorocha stated that a good number of people from the South-East geo-political zone hold “good national offices in the APC, including the Deputy National Chairman position occupied by Senator Annie Okonkwo.”
This, he said was an indication that if APC wins the 2015 nation’s election, “if an Igbo man does not become the vice president, he would become the Senate President or the national chairman of the APC.”