The leaders of the Biafra Independence Movement and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra have claimed that Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, the late Biafran leader, was betrayed by former Anambra State governor Peter Obi and former Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha.
In a statement on Wednesday by its Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mazi Mocha, BIM-MASSOB said Obi and Okorocha betrayed Ojukwu by abandoning the All Progressives Grand Alliance and defecting to other political parties after serving as governors of their various states on the platform of APGA.
According to the group, Obi would not have been elected governor of Anambra State in 2003 if it weren’t for Ojukwu.
Mocha said, “As BIM-MASSOB prepares to celebrate the 12th edition of Ojukwu Memorial Day on November 26, there was a need for the leadership to let the world know that former governors of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and his Imo State counterpart, Chief Rochas Okorocha, betrayed the late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.
“A few months after the demise of the founder of APGA in November 2011, and the funeral ceremony in 2012, Peter Obi defected to the Peoples Democratic Party where he later became the vice presidential candidate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the party.
“When Obi could not secure the presidential ticket of the PDP, he quickly left the PDP to hurriedly join the Labour Party, where he emerged as the presidential flagbearer of the party in the February 25, 2023 general elections.
“If not for the Ikemba Nnewi, the APGA governorship candidate in the 2003 election would not have become the governor of Anambra State.
“Recall that Dr. Chris Ngige of the PDP was declared winner in the said April 2003 Anambra State governorship poll before Dim Ojukwu waded in.”
BIM-MASSOB expressed dissatisfaction that Obi never mentioned Ojukwu’s contribution while discussing how he had regained his mandate through the legal system.
“Peter Obi didn’t know about this deal, but every time during his media interactive sessions, he always said he didn’t spend any money to retrieve what he described as his ‘stolen’ mandate through the court process.
“Yes, Peter Obi didn’t spend money because Ojukwu and Ralph Uwazuruike didn’t ask him to bring money. For one to become governor or President, there are certain things that ought to be done that Peter Obi didn’t do; instead, he was engaged in consultation with the northern Emirs and Yoruba Obas.”
Continuing, the BIM-MASSOB spokesperson said, “It was also Ralph Uwazuruike who made Chief Rochas Okorocha actualise his gubernatorial ambition in 2011 on the platform of APGA. Our members supported Okorocha hoping he was a true Igbo son, and as a philanthropist could deliver the needed democracy dividends to the Imolites.”
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