BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA— NATIONAL chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, said yesterday that the late leader of the party, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, would remain the party’s leader, even in death.
Umeh, who spoke during the funeral organised by APGA members from all parts of the world at Nnewi, said what the party would do was to elect a deputy national leader at the appropriate time.
According to him, it is not the intention of the party to begin to find a replacement for Ojukwu, and it would be difficult to find such a person.
His words: Ojukwu remains our leader. It was a decision we took many years ago and we do not intend to go contrary to that. It was the goodwill of Ojukwu that made us secure victory for Governor Peter Obi for two terms and added Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State during the last election.
“We believe that even as he has died, APGA would continue to enjoy electoral goodwill for Ojukwu from Nigerians to keep the dreams of the founding fathers alive. The legacy he left for us is APGA and we cannot allow it to diminish.”
On how the deputy leader would emerge, Umeh said Ojukwu told him that the greatest quality anybody aspiring to lead APGA should possess was that the person must be courageous.
He observed that the demise of Ojukwu had posed a lot of challenges to the leadership of the party, adding that the good thing going for the party was the excellent performance of the governors produced by the party.
The APGA burial ceremony attracted members of the party from local and international branches who adorned special dresses that had the picture of the Ikemba Nnewi.
Ojukwu’s second son, Mr. Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Jnr, wife of the late Biafran leader, Bianca, and her first son, Molokwu, were on hand to receive members of the party.