Late Chief Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s son, Emeka Ojukwu Jr., has dumped the party his father founded, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He made the declaration yesterday in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, at the campaign of the governorship candidate of the APC, Dr. Tony Nwoye.
According to Ojukwu, the reason why he joined the APC was to protect the interest of the Igbos, adding that it was time for the Igbo people of the South-East region to move from “the recession of periphery to the centre.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Chairman of the APC Chief John Oyegun, 12 APC governors and National Assembly members were at the campaign yesterday when Ojukwu made the declaration.
“Mr. President, I am proud to stand here today in support of you and in solidarity with the APC and our candidate, Tony Nwoyw,” he said
“It is time to leave the shadows for light. Every now and then, they come out with my father’s shadow to confuse the people,” he added.
Ojukwu noted that the reason why his father joined the National Party of Nigeria in the Second Republic was to ensure that the Igbo people remained in the mainstream politics.
Oyegun presented the party symbol to him and described the rally as “another historic campaign.”