By Ikeugonna Eleke
A special adviser to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, has said that Bianca, widow of the late leader of the party, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, disregarded their advice for her not to contest the senatorial primary election for Anambra South.
The former publicity secretary of APGA to explained that the move was geared towards saving the name of Ojukwu from disgrace in the event that she lost.
He said Bianca was advised not to go the poll by the hierarchy of APGA to save her and Ojukwu, as brand names, from embarrassment should the exercise end in the negative.
Obi-Okoye said both privately and publicly that Ojukwu’s widow was asked not to run but she insisted on testing her popularity. He described her outing and failure in the poll as unfortunate.
The governor’s aide said Bianca lost to a more experienced politician, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, who, he noted, had run for the position of governor of Anambra State and also for Senate previously.
He said, ‘It’s regrettable that she contested that election. She should not have. I’m sure that if our leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, was alive, he would not have allowed her to contest.
‘It was unnecessary for Bianca to have run. If you decide to run, you either win or lose. She did not have run because she is the widow of Ojukwu, but she ran to test her popularity.
‘I am not aware she need badly treated in that exercise. Looking at the primary election, the man that won is Nicholas Ukachukwu. He has been around and has been in the National Assembly for Abuja and contested for governor in Hope Democratic Party, PDP and ANPP in Anambra State. He is not new in politics.
‘It would have been okay if the wife of our leader did not contest at all so that the question of how she was treated would not have arisen. In this business (politics), it is quite rough and once you come in, you expect anything to happen.’
Obi-Okoye recalled that on one occasion in his presence, it was the senatorial candidate from Abia South that moved a motion for the wife of Ojukwu to become the vice presidential candidate and everybody accepted that.
‘The motion was however not binding on the BoT of the party or on Bianca, but she stood up and opposed it. I believe that asking her to be the vice presidential candidate was a subtle way of telling her not to run.
‘We preferred her to play a more nationalist role. I also know that in a private meeting, Senator Victor Umeh begged her not to run, but she decided to join the fray and now she is hurt about it, but we hope that soon all will be settled,’ Obi-Okoye stated.