By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA—NO fewer than 15 prominent Igbo businessmen were believed to be ready to sponsor the senatorial ambition of wife of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu.
Former governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, while speaking during the public declaration of Mrs. Ojukwu for the Anambra South senatorial seat at Ekwulabia in Aguata local government area said the businessmen had already started mobilizing ahead of the primaries of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
According to him, Igbo could not watch the widow of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu.intimidated by anybody in the name of contesting election.
He urged those aspiring to contest the position with Ojukwu to have a rethink, stressing that it would be a set back to the Igbo and a disservice to Ojukwu for anybody to work against the interest of his widow.
He said: “Those who are contesting the poll with the wife of our leader may have the money and wherewithal to muzzle down Bianca, but they don’t have the same integrity.
“ Bianca Ojukwu is not an ordinary human being, she is a spirit. She has double-barrel identity and double-barrel legacy.
“We have mobilised 15 Igbo prominent people to sponsor her ambition and over 25,000 youths to work for her and enjoined the people of Anambra State not to disappoint the Igbo race in the Bianca Ojukwu project.”
Ohakim added: “ The people of Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, have asked me to beg you(Anambra) to accomplish this mission and project in memory of our great leader, Dim Chkwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
“Ojukwu sacrificed his Oxford education, his personal comfort, his father’s wealth to save the Igbo race at the most auspicious time”.
In her speech, Ojukwu said she was going to the senate to accomplish the dream of her late husband of giving the Igbo a voice in national polity.