Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has revealed that his joining the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at the last minute of the just concluded Anambra State governorship election was to secure the Igbo name in Nigerian political sphere.
He said he was irked by the actions of the former governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi, who, he said, was throwing his weight around, trying to make himself lord over the entire state.
Ubah, who lost the contest for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had, after efforts to get the party leadership correct the anomalies alleged by many party stalwarts failed, moved his structure and joined APGA, less than a week to the election, and campaigned vigorously for Obiano.
He had, in a press statement tagged: Afa Igbo Efuna, meaning, let the Igbo name not loss, announced his dumping of PDP for APGA and called on all well meaning Anambra people to support Obiano.
Revealing the reason behind his action on Wednesday night, in Awka, during the launch of an album titled: “Afa Igbo Efuna,” named against his surprise move, by Mrs Uju Edochie, a Nollywood actress and musician, the oil magnet said he did what he did for the interest of Ndigbo.
“If the Igbo people will not lose their name in Nigeria, then, they must join the APGA. APGA is the only Igbo institution today that is standing and recognised by the Nigeria constitution.
“Again, I supported Obiano because he was being unduly victimised by people who had their turn long ago in governance.
“What I didn’t like was that a former state governor, who has had his turn, was throwing his weight around as the king maker in Anambra.
“If you go to states around the country, you will realise that those who have had their time as governors have all carried on with their lives, leaving their successors to have their time; but here, a former governor does not want to retire. That was why I decided to join the battle for APGA. Ohanaeze, Aka Ikenga and the rest are all pressure groups; the one that is recognised is APGA.
“The name of Igbo will not go underneath; already, we are waiting to deliver Umeh for Senate this January, by 2019, we will replicate same in states in the South East.”
Meanwhile, traditional ruler of Obosi community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, has urged candidates from other political parties in the November 18 governorship election to join hands with Governor Willie Obiano in transforming the state.
Iweka commended Obiano for the well deserved victory and urged him to expedite more action in the areas of security and infrastructure development of the state and added that to whom much is given, much is expected.
Speaking to newsmen in his palace at Obosi, the monarch, however, appealed to appropriate authorities to intervene in the on-going scarcity of fuel and hike in the product’s pump price with a view to ameliorating the situation before it gets out of hand.
Also, a section of APGA stakeholders in Anambra has called on Obiano to suspend punitive action against some party members who allegedly worked against his re-election.
Speaking to Daily Sun, on behalf of the group, Ambrose Uka Okpata said now that the governorship election in the state has been won by Obiano, it is necessary, in the spirit of sportsmanship, for the governor to rally round all Anambrarians, to join hands together to move the state forward.
He regretted that soon after the election in the state, sycophants around the governor started feeding him with lies that some APGA members had sponsored and supported Tony Nwoye, the APC flag bearer in the last election.