Emeka Ojukwu Jnr.
Emeka Ojukwu Jnr., son of the late Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, has been described as an inflated political balloon that has no electoral value or consequence in Igbo land, South East and the country at large.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategic Communications to the Governor of Anambra State, Prince Oliver Okpala, made the assertion while responding to Ojukwu Jnr’s statement against Governor Willie Obiano over his recent defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement made available to journalists in Awka on Wednesday, Okpala said that it was a matter of pure pathetic fallacy for the Junior Ikemba to say that Governor Obiano was lobbying him to come back to APGA which he claimed he won’t accept.
He queried the rationale anybody would lobby him to return to APGA even when he never held any important position to warrant being described as a stakeholder or a leader of the party while he was in APGA.
The statement reads in part: “In fact, nobody knew that Ojukwu Jnr. was a member of the party, so on what grounds was he relevant to the fold?
“It has also been affirmed that he is politically inconsequential without any base.
“It is now very clear from his actions that Ojukwu Jnr. cannot claim to have the same sound intellectual background or pedigree with the late Ikemba even though he is a direct sibling of the Ikemba.
“Though too many people have linked their paternity to the late Ikemba because of his greatness, only the late leader can say who is who.
“In his lifetime, the Great Ikemba was the champion of the struggle for the rights and emancipation of his people, standing firm with his Igbo brothers and sisters, never betraying their cause.”
Okpala maintained that for anybody associated with the great Ikemba to work against the political interest of his people was an act of monumental betrayal and grand treachery.
The statement further reads: “I wonder what the Great Ikemba would be thinking when his supposed son openly denied the only political entity which he left for us the Igbos as a unifying political umbrella. Ojukwu would no doubt shudder in his grave.
“From the statements and actions of Ojukwu jnr., it is now very clear that he did not quite grow under the guidance of the late Ikemba who as a Senior military personnel respected constituted authorities and seniority despite his greatness and wisdom.
“How can a son of the Ikemba describe his Elder and Governor of his State as one playing juvenile and local politics? Is he aware that all the major political parties in the country were made up of sectional political organisations representing the interest of their people which they used as a bargaining instrument for the formation or integration into national political parties?
“Since the junior Ojukwu has remained as an infant without complete knowledge of the great philosophies of his late father, he should reach out to his elders to educate him properly on the outstanding qualities of the Ikemba so that he will quickly refrain from using mercantile politics in destroying the outstanding legacies his late father left for posterity.
“Ojukwu Junior should as a matter of utmost urgency desist from using gutter language against Governor Obiano to avoid letting the world know about the questionable nature of his parental background and claim.
“Let sanity prevail and let there be political decorum. A word they say is enough for the wise. No one is interested in accepting and holding on to a political liability like Ojukwu Junior. His sojourn to APC is indeed good riddance to bad rubbish.”