APGA: The Road To Justice ∼ By Bianca Ojukwu
Thank you community tour of Anambra South
I just rounded off my THANK YOU tour to all the local govts of the Anambra South Senatorial Zone which include Aguata, Ihiala, Orumba North, Orumba South, Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Local government Areas.
I returned to express my appreciation and to engage with our party faithful, coordinators, women leaders and supporters who worked so hard on my project. Yes, it was not the outcome that they had expected and had laboured for and they were mostly disillusioned and emotional, some even moved to tears.
They expressed grave concerns and asked many questions, some of which I could not readily answer.
Many expressed that they had lost hope in APGA, and were very apprehensive at the prospect of wearing the APGA party uniform bearing Ojukwu’s image to campaign for the party’s candidates for the general elections as they felt they would be jeered at since the leadership of APGA, under whose watch such gross electoral atrocities occurred in multiple states had more than equipped opposition parties with ample ammunition to decimate APGA at the general elections.
They cited the blatant hypocrisy of ‘Nke a bu nke anyi’. How can this maxim be valid when a party leadership consciously chooses to desecrate the legacy of that symbol from which it derives its ethos? Ojukwu stood for justice, fairness, equity and selfless leadership.
Well, my simple answer to this, as far as my own senatorial primaries was concerned, was that it is not uncommon that individuals are murdered right inside their political homes by trusted members of their political family; that this sinister conspiracy and plot was hatched and executed by the leadership of our political family APGA, and that such treachery has been part of human nature since time immemorial. Their agenda in this grand plan, is better left for another day.
I told them not to cry for me, but to weep instead, for those hapless aspirants who, after their party primaries were issued certificates of return, and had those certificates forcibly wrenched from them and handed over to heavy buyers who lost their primaries or even worse, who never participated in any primaries.
I told them to weep for those aspirants whose primaries were cancelled, and a candidate was handpicked, forcibly imposed and issued a certificate of return after ‘doing the needful’.
I told them to weep for those aspirants and party faithful who were injured, maimed, even shot and hospitalized in the course of their primary elections who are still nursing grave wounds but till date have not received a simple get well message or hospital visit from party leaders.
I told them to weep for those aspirants who were forced to sell their land and properties and those forced to borrow huge sums of money in order to meet up with the demands and tributes required of them by designated APGA ‘election managers’ who collected from them and still sold them out;
I told them to weep for our brothers and sisters in Imo, who looked upon APGA as the only hope of political salvation for their distressed state, and who did nothing wrong other than to trust the assurances of party leaders who promised free and fair primaries but delivered a ‘cash and carry abracadabra’, and even worse, went on to boast that ‘nothing will happen’.
Yes, the party is supreme, but should this really be the case where equity, good conscience, justice and compassion are thrown to the winds and party members are treated with such rank brutality and impunity by those very leaders whose duty it is to protect them?
It is St. Augustine who once said that ‘In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?’
Any attempts at meaningful reconciliation must begin with ensuring that justice is delivered to those aspirants who have suffered greatly and have been robbed of their mandate. Their mandates must be handed back to them.
Furthermore, those who superintended over these sham primaries should set an example, if they are truly sincere, by refunding back to aggrieved aspirants the mind-boggling sums of money exacted from them for botched and phantom primaries.
This is the pathway to justice, and the only way that we can redeem the image of this party and stem the impending tide of litigations threatening to cripple APGA as we head towards the general elections.
Finally, I told them that APGA remains our political home. Though today we are in the season of the jackals who proudly prowl through our cherished political habitat, plundering and decimating our patrimony, we shall overcome.
Those ‘leaders’ and ‘election managers’ who left this pile of mess in front of the church altar and brought us all to this sorry pass are transient people and booty hunters who will simply walk away from the Party after they must have satisfactorily extracted their projected material and political gains.
They will return to where they came from. Heaven will surely judge them.
APGA is OUR heritage. we must stay back to reconstruct it and redeem the pride of our people.
We will rebuild our city walls. The Egyptians whom we see today we shall see no more in the near future.
Spirits hear the cry of the living. Our eternal leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu would certainly expect no less from us.
Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu