Remembering Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, ten Years after; “I miss his refusal to accept injustice” – Emeka Ojukwu jnr.
“In his wisdom, he (Eze Igbo) would understand that we need first, to ensure the survival of the Party, before fighting to correct any perceived flaws. Doing otherwise is nothing more than to ask King Solomon to cut the baby in half, simply to have one’s way. A true mother, would rather walk away empty handed, than to celebrate the death of her child”.- Emeka Ojukwu Jnr
It is now ten years since the death of Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Born on November 4th, 1933, the larger than Eze Igbo Gburugburu died on November 26th, 2011 at the age of seventy eight years. Remembering a figure in the mold of Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu at a time like this in Anambra state is quite significant. In this exclusive interview, Emeka Ojukwu Jnr has tried to put words to what it means to live without his dad for ten years now, the possible position of his dad in Anambra state politics of today, what he thinks the incoming governor must do immediately and his advice to Anambra voters.
Today is your dad’s posthumous birthday. Looking back, what do you miss the most about him?
His wisdom. His counsel. His humour. His refusal to accept injustice. His strength of character. His intransigence when need be, but also his ability to see both sides of a matter and show empathy. But mostly, his company.
This year’s posthumous birthday of your dad is particularly significant considering that Anambra is having an important election on Saturday and in which APGA is not having it smoothly. What is your take on your dad’s possible position in a time like this?
It is precisely at a time like this, that he would double down and show his resolve to fight and win as an example for others to draw strength from and persevere. He would not waiver from his staunch support of APGA, because he believed it was a platform worth preserving and nurturing. In his wisdom, he (Eze Igbo) would understand that we need first, to ensure the survival of the Party, before fighting to correct any perceived flaws. Doing otherwise is nothing more than to ask King Solomon to cut the baby in half, simply to have one’s way. A true mother, would rather walk away empty handed, than to celebrate the death of her child.
For you, what is the most important thing the incoming governor must do?
First, make a genuine effort to reconcile aggrieved members. Secondly, look for ways to welcome back those who left. Then create an atmosphere that will attract new members so that the party can grow. Finally of course, we expect excellent governance and all it encompasses.
What is your word to Anambra voters on Saturday?
Come out and vote! After you vote, peacefully protect your vote. Do not be afraid. Fear is our enemy, designed to keep us at home so that we will lose APGA which is our inheritance.
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