The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, has expressed dismay at a verbal attack on him by Bianca Ojukwu.
Addressing journalists in Awka on Friday on the issue, Mr Oye said that he deserved an apology for the misplaced and unwarranted attacks on him by the wife of the late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.
The chairman said Mr Ojukwu’s widow had not been fair to him or the party in spite of all the support and privileges she enjoyed.
Mr Oye also said that Mrs Ojukwu should apologise to him and the party for the allegations against them.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Mrs Ojukwu on November 26 advised the national leadership of APGA, to immediately refund all monies collected from political office aspirants for the party’s alleged botched primaries and honourably resign thereafter.
Mrs Ojukwu, who spoke in Owerri at the 7th memorial anniversary of her husband accused APGA leadership of fleecing aspirants.
She also said that for APGA to survive as a party, Mr Oye must resign.
Mr Oye explained that though Mrs Ojukwu joined the Anambra South senatorial contest for APGA ticket a bit late, she got a lot of assistance from the party to enable her to clinch the nomination, and wondered why she lost.
The APGA chairman said he did not offend Mrs Ojukwu in any way and expressed surprise at her invectives on him and the party.
He said rather than castigate the national chairman and the party, Mrs Ojukwu should have been explaining her loss after receiving so much logistics to enable her to win.
Mr Oye said Mrs Ojukwu’s media swipe on APGA did not befit her status as the mother of the party, but smacked more of anti-party activity.
“Bianca is my personal friend and there is no way I could have done any wrong against her.
“I must tell you that I was surprised when she started attacking me in the media. I think that was a very serious mistake on her part because she is fighting the wrong person.
“I did not do any wrong against Bianca. People were sent to conduct the primary election and they returned the result to me and that was all I cared for.
“APGA gave her support, I would not want to announce it openly, but we gave her all the support she needed to win but she did not win.
“She calls herself Mother General of APGA, but as a mother, she should not be castigating the party like that.
“Her action is anti-party, but we don’t want to go into all that, because I know that very soon she will know the truth as truth is immutable,” he said.
Mr Oye said the report available to the party showed that primary election for Anambra South Senatorial District ticket which Mrs Ojukwu participated in held and ended well with a clear winner announced to the public.
The chairman, who recalled the party’s insistence on fair and open primary elections, said Mrs Ojukwu could have been awarded the ticket if she had indicated interest much earlier.
Mr Oye said it was wrong for Mrs Ojukwu to blackmail him or APGA, because of her marital status, adding that such emotions and sentiments were not accommodated by the constitution of the party or any other in the country.
“The report I got is that it went well and that a winner emerged. The report said she was there, she participated and the votes were counted and (the) result declared, including her own and the man won.
“They said we gave Senator Victor Umeh ticket unopposed. Yes, because he indicated interest early enough and he deserved it too. If Bianca had shown interest much earlier, I would have announced that she should not be opposed.
“But she joined the fray after Nicholas Ukachukwu and Ifeanyi Ubah had declared and was already running.
“That she is a widow does not confer on her a special status. It is not in APGA constitution that once you are a widow we give you ticket.
“I don’t think it is in the constitution of any party in Nigeria that once you are a widow you get automatic ticket.
“Remember we said that it was going to be contested openly, and it was contested. I hold her in high esteem; I respect her as the wife of Ojukwu.
“But she has been castigating me in the media, she owes me an apology, a serious apology, because I have done nothing against her,” he added.
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