The party said Mr Umeh had earlier pledged to expose how Mr Ojukwu died
The South-East zonal chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has challenged the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh, to disclose the circumstances that led to the death of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, former Biafra warlord, and APGA’s leader.
The APC said it was throwing the challenge because Mr Umeh had reportedly warned Mr Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca, and Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, to stop instigating his removal, otherwise he would reveal how the former warlord died.
Mr Ojukwu, who was the chairman of APGA’s Board of Trustees, BoT, died in November, 2011 at a London hospital, where he was rushed to after he suffered a heart attack.
The APC said Mr Umeh, after reconciling with Gov. Obi, had failed to honour his promise of opening up on the exact circumstances that led to Mr Ojukwu’s heart attack, and eventual passing.
“Umeh later swallowed his words and reconciled with Governor Obi, shortly after the Appeal Court Enugu quashed the judgment of an Enugu High Court, which sacked him as the National Chairman of APGA,” APC said in a statement signed by the chapter’s National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu.
“But, as we approach the second anniversary of the passing away of Dim Emeka Ojukwu on November 26, 2013, it is now incumbent on Chief Victor Umeh to avail the world, as he promised in the newspaper report, of the much Governor Obi knows about the shady circumstances leading to Ikemba’s heart attack and subsequent death.”
The APC said also accused Mr Obi of planning to blackmail its governorship candidate for the November 16 elections in the state, Chris Ngige, by using the annual Ofala festival of the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe.
The appealed to the people of Anambra State to use the past performances as the yard-stick to measure who to vote for in the November election.
The party noted that its candidate in the election did not only perform when he was governor of the state between 2003 and 2006, but was also a cultured person who would not have any disrespect for the Onitsha monarch.
“We are worried that Governor Peter Obi is becoming excessively desperate in the face of the collapse of his propaganda machine, being fully aware that he achieved merely seven percent performance of the Senator Ngige’s blue-print in seven years,” the party said.
“It could be recalled that penultimate week, when Governor Fashola apologized to Ndigbo over the deportation of 14 Igbos, Governor Peter Obi felt disarmed and went ahead to persuade Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership to replace Comrade Tony Nwoye in INEC list.
“Now that Nwoye had gone to court, the only propaganda card left was to use the annual Ofala festival of Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Agbogidi, Obi of Onitsha to blackmail Senator Chris Ngige.”
APC urged Mr Obi to concentrate on preparing his hand over notes instead of attacking Mr. Ngige.
“Otherwise we would be forced to remind the good people of Anambra State and indeed Nigerians of the infamous monthly N250 million money haulage to Lagos by Governor Obi and the much-expected bombshell from Chief Victor Umeh on the shady circumstances surrounding the demise of Gburugburu Dikedioranma Ndigbo, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumuegwu Ojukwu, Ikemba Nnewi.”
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