APGA Has Turned Into An Empty Shell – Obi Replies Bianca Ojukwu
Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi has described his estranged party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), under which he was elected as governor for eight years, as a derailed party.
Obi, who decamped to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, recently was reacting to a statement credited to Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, wife of the late Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojokwu, where she condemned him for defecting to the PDP.
The ex-governor, who noted that Mrs. Ojukwu's comment must be taken seriously, because she is not a frivolous person, however, said APGA had turned to an empty shell without an inner core of shared values.
He said: “Despite all overtures for me to leave APGA when I was the governor, I did not give in, but served out my term on APGA's platform and handed over to an APGA governor.”
Referring to Ojukwu's criticisms when he joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), instead of the Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe-led Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP), Obi said he had moved out of a party he considered “derailed” to a place where his contributions towards proper representation of the Igbo “will have the level of impact that will make Ikemba rejoice in his grave.”
He said: “Of all those who have spoken, and who continue to speak on the issue of my leaving APGA, only Bianca spoke with sincerity. I want to have it on record that Bianca was right when she reported my exchange with Ikemba when he called and asked whether I would leave APGA, after the incident in Abia State.
“I wish to reiterate that I am still loyal to our great leader, in terms of what serves the interests of our people and the country. Everyone knows that APGA is not what it used to be.
“My assurance to our great leader did not imply that I would be loyal to a platform that some people have resolved to turn into an empty shell without an inner core of shared values. I remain faithful to those values and principles our great leader asked me to stand for and defend”.
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