Ojukwu speaks on his defection to APC.
Emeka Ojukwu,Jnr, the son of the late Igbo warlord, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, said he would not return to the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
It would be recalled that Ojukwu dumped APGA for the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Nov. 15, 2017 during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Anambra State for the grand finale campaign of Tony Nwoye, the APC Nov. 18 Anambra gubernatorial candidate.
Ojukwu, on Monday, in Awka, Anambra State, described Governor Obiano’s reaction on the matter as “infantile and ignorance of the working of the Nigerian politics.”
Obiano had said recently that Ojukwu’s defection from the party was inconsequential, adding that he had no political relevance in the state.
However, Ojukwu, according to Punch, responded saying, “the governor is playing kindergarten politics.”
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He said he was toeing his father’s steps to ensure that the Igbo were launched back into the mainstream of the country. He also recalled how his father joined the defunct National Party of Nigeria shortly after he returned from exile in 1982 instead of the Nigeria Peoples Party.
He added that the Igbo would not benefit anything by wallowing in sentiment.
“I can afford to stay back in APGA and wallow in sentimental politics that the party belongs to the Igbo, but on the long run, what becomes of our tomorrow and place in the great Nigeria project, for which our forefathers laboured, invested their time, talent and even their blood?
“Which is preferable: to be a big fish in a small pond or a big fish in the ocean? Real champions are never afraid of the big league. That could be why late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo asserted that if you could not reason beyond ethnic sentiments, you are a liability to mankind. Ndigbo are not better off with emotional politics,” Ojukwu said.