By Ikeugonna Eleke
A group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, has called on the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to further immortalise the supreme leader of the party, the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, by considering his widow, Bianca, as the candidate of the party in the forthcoming senatorial race.
Bianca is vying for APGA’s ticket to the senate to represent Anambra South Senatorial zone on the platform of APGA.
The group in a press statement signed by its chairman, board of trustees, Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi, on Monday, enjoined the children of the late Igbo leader to stop attacking her, saying such was capable of belittling the patriarch.
Three of Ojukwu’s sons had recently about a week ago, attacked Bianca, insinuating that she was not a legitimate wife of their father, while also describing her as a non-indigene.
But the group maintained that the best way to reward Ojukwu for ”his selfless and altruistic leadership of the Igbo” was for all to support his widow’s (Bianca’s) senatorial ambition.
Part of the statement read, ‘What should be the primary or fundamental concern of the children of Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is not endless struggle for sharing or ownership of their father’s property, but protection and immortalization of his name and legacy.
‘Late Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was never known and respected in Igbo Land as a moneybag or questionable billionaire, but as a heroic thinker, protector, and liberator, revolutionary and visionary statesman.
‘It is a settled saying that a child of well-to-do parents who fights dirty over his or her parents’ property as his or her only lifetime achievement or means of survival is a failure of inestimable magnitude.
‘The heroism in the great house of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu appears to have departed from his direct children and reincarnated in his beloved wife (Bianca).’
It added that the widow of the late Igbo leader was eminently, traditionally, legally and constitutionally qualified to vie for or represent the Anambra South in the Senate if popularly and credibly elected.
‘Those opposing her aspiration and possible candidature on these grounds are either intellectually clannish or legally uninformed.’
It charged the leadership of APGA, especially the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, not to only use the name of the late Igbo leader to gain popularity, but to also strive to immortalise him by supporting his widow.
It noted that while former President Goodluck Jonathan named the Niger Bridge Head at Upper Iweka after Ojukwu, and former Governor, Peter Obi renamed the state university to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, it was now incumbent on Obiano to do something for the Ojukwu’s family.