By Nna Anulumadu
In his efforts to douse the political tension currently rising in Anambra State over which political party will dominate the Anambra House of Assembly in the forthcoming election, Mr Ndubisi Ochiogu has passionately appealed to ndị Anambra to vote for APGA candidates for the sake of Ndigbo and Governor Soludo.
Fielding questions from journalists in Onitsha, Mr Ochiogu, who is the president general of Ogbaru Main Market near Onitsha noted that there is need for ndị Anambra to demonstrate the spirit of “nke a bụ nke anyị” by voting for APGA candidates that would work in harmony with Governor Soludo for the overall development of the state.
He added that voting for APGA candidates could be also a due respect to late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who he said was the leader of Ndigbo and founder of APGA in Igboland, even as he reminded Anambrarians and Ndigbo in general that APGA is a last legacy Ojukwu left for the Igbo.
“My dear brothers and sisters, my reasons of appealing to you people to vote for APGA candidates for the State House of Assembly election is that APGA is an Igbo party, which the leader of Ndigbo Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu introduced to Igbos. Every Igbo person accepted the party and vowed that the party can never phase out in Anambra State.
“Even Peter Obi, our own brother, equally vowed that he would not abandon [the] APGA party; that’s why before he left APGA, he accorded Ojukwu honour and eventually left APGA and joined another party but we still voted for him because he is our brother and [an] Igbo man.
“This time, we should come back to our own party (APGA) and vote for all the candidates the same way we voted for Peter Obi. A real Igbo son of the soil can never forget Dim Ojukwu. Ojukwu was a gift to Ndigbo, likewise Nnamdi Kanu and other numerous prominent Igbo leaders who are the pride of Ndigbo.
“Therefore, I am appealing that on Saturday, March 11, 2023, let all of us converge en masse and cast votes for APGA candidates. Let us not forget our origin because we Igbos are known for ‘Onye ayana nwa nne ya’, which means ‘be your brother’s keeper’, and that is the APGA party slogan.
“So whoever is offended should forgive and forget about the past because divided we fall, united we stand. We must protect our state and Igboland. [The] APGA party is also Igbos’ identity. Igbo bu enyị. We shall live! Daalụ nụ,” he said.