While it could appear laughable that the spirit realm is being drafted into partisan politics, it won’t be out of place to argue that the woes suffered by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) since the demise of the Ikemba of Nnewi, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu calls for serious introspection.
While the tussle over the leadership of the party rages on, the late Ikemba of Nnewi even in death, remains the symbol of APGA and despite several high profile politicians riding on the platform of the party and the name of the late Biafran warlord to power, the disdain melted out to the late Ojukwu’s family leaves much to be desired.
The party, once widely regarded as the credible third force that will break the APC/PDP hegemony has, over the years, become a “use and dump” platform for several persons, not least the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi who rose to the pinnacle of power in Anambra State on the wings of APGA, only to dump the party in 2015.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha also used the party to actualize his dream but dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Current Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano is also a beneficiary of APGA.
But the major tragedy that is plaguing the party is that the people who have benefited from it, have done practically nothing to lift the party, that was once touted as a third alternative, to the elevated status envisaged by the Ikemba of Nnewi.
More worrisome is the toll the shoddy fortunes of the party is having on the family of the late Ojukwu.
During the last governorship election in Anambra, the family was torn apart, as Bianca Ojukwu, supported APGA against another faction in the family led by Emeka Ojukwu, the son of the late warlord.
With the role that Bianca played at the last election and the burden of the struggle for APGA placed on the family, one would have expected the memory of the late Ojukwu to have been honoured by seeing his widow claim the Anambra South Senatorial District ticket on the platform of the party.
Instead, Bianca, the widow of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, failed in her bid for the APGA ticket to the Anambra South Senatorial seat.
Bianca was beaten by Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu.
Alas, the lack of vision continues as the result of the February 23rd 2019 elections in the state could be best likened to an entity haunted by a ghost.
To describe what happened to APGA as defeat would amount to an injustice to the word.
The party not lost the only senatorial seat it held – Anambra North Senatorial District – but failed to win any of the other two Senatorial seats.
Although the party managed to win four out of 10 House of Representatives seats, for other parties this could have been a victory, but for a party whose Chairman is from Anambra State and whose only sitting governor is also from the same state, the performance is in its own class in woefulness.
One wonders whether the late Ikemba of Nnewi is not turning in his grave at this sad turn of events.