By Ikeugonna Eleke
Leaders in Igbo land have said that the region cannot afford not to have an Ojukwu in the senate when the issue of restructuring will come in the front burner in 2019.
The leaders spoke at Ekwulobia, in Aguata Local Government Area, Tuesday night, during a meeting of the widow of the late Biafra warlord, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, with some leaders of APGA in Aguata area.
The meeting witnessed surprising attendance from former Imo State governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, and Dr Godwin Maduka; the CEO of Las Vegas Pain Institute in America.
Ohakim in his speech said the project of taking Bianca to the senate was so important that 15 Igbo billionaires had been mobilised to sponsor the senatorial quest of the widow of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
He said the Igbo would not watch the wife of their former leader be intimidated by anybody in any circumstance.
Ohakim described Bianca as a spirit and not an ordinary human being, saying her presence in the senate next year would represent 57million Igbo indigenes.
He further added that the late Ojukwu was the most selfless Igbo leader and enjoined those aspiring to contest the position with his wife, Bianca, to have a rethink, stressing that it would be a set back to the Igbo and a disservice to Ojukwu for anybody to work against the interest of his widow and in fact any member of his family in general.
He said, ‘Those who are contesting the poll with the wife of our leader may have the money and wherewithal to muzzle down Bianca but they don’t have the same integrity.
‘Bianca Ojukwu is not an ordinary human being, she is a spirit. She has double-barrel identity and double-barrel legacy.
‘We have mobilised 15 Igbo billionaires to sponsor her ambition and over 25,000 youths to work for her.’
Maduka for his part said that Bianca had double legacy in Igbo land, both from her late father, Chief Christian Onoh, who was governor of Old Enugu State, and her late husband, Ikemba Ojukwu.
He enjoined all to work for Bianca so that Igbo land would have an Ojukwu in the senate in 2019 when restructuring would be on the front burner.
Addressing her supporters, Bianca said she was going to the senate to accomplish the dream of her late husband of giving the Igbo a voice in the national polity.
She added, ‘APGA and Igbo interest run in my veins and blood and I have a kindred obligation to defend it and that’s why I’m going to the senate. The Ojukwu dream must not die. We can’t abandon Ojukwu.’
She further stated that the same problems her late husband fought to a standstill until his death had continued to linger, the reason she was aspiring to go to Senate.
Bianca will be squaring up against known oil mogul and philanthropist, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil and Gas, in the contest for the ticket of APGA.