APC’s Threats of War in Anambra State By Chuma Igboanugo
In a strange and unpleasant turn of events, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has suddenly swept through Igboland like an invading army and swept away our ageing political leaders and some businessmen. It is as though we are all watching a tightly scripted movie and these red-capped Igbo leaders and businessmen are the
symbolic prisoners of war…victims of incendiary commentaries and thinly veiled threats of scorched earth policies against the 5% that failed to vote APC in the last general elections.
Instructively, before this sudden surge by APC, there had been subtle threats by the party’s megaphones in the South East who felt emboldened by its growing high-handedness at the national level that have gone unquestioned for a while. The flagrant disregard for the sanctity of human lives, the brazen contempt for the doctrine of
separation of powers and the iron-fisted crackdown on opposition elements are just a few of the excesses of the APC that have influenced the tenor of the rhetoric deployed by its stalwarts in the South East to cow the decamping Igbo leaders to submission.
In mid-December last year for instance, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State fired the opening shots of APC campaign in Igboland when he threatened that the party would take over Anambra State from APGA. Okorocha was not clowning this time. He merely let slip a grand plan that his comrades had hatched at the highest level. Since then, he had ratcheted up more attacks on Anambra for obvious reasons. Anambra is the very heart of Igboland. APC’s capture of Anambra is symbolically the final conquest of an enclave where Nigeria has met the stiffest resistance in both war and peace times. Okorocha’s masters are in full awareness of this symbolism and have effectively primed him to lead the assault.
As would be expected, Okorocha and his minions had gone on the offensive, threatening in an uncouth language to take over Anambra State and jabbing an insolent finger in the eye of Ndi Anambra in a manner that could not have gone for too long without a response. He took it rather too far when he promised that “We are also going to use
the Anambra election to show that APC has arrived Southeast.” That fatal comment is a pointer to the undisguised plan of APC to deploy conventional and unconventional means to force their way into the government house in Awka later this year. It is therefore a note of warning to Ndi Anambra who find a great deal of pride in the great
legacy that Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu left in the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) which has withstood the relentless assault of all manner of political gang-ups to date.
The Minister of Labour, Senator Ngige felt that Okorocha was outshining him in his own turf and picked up the inflammable commentary where the former left it. He boasted that APC would demolish the iconic flyovers built by the governor of the state in Awka because they were a regrettable obstruction of the federal highway. Senator Ngige issued other annoying threats also but to talk about pulling down the three flyovers on the ground that they were obstructing access on a federal highway that had been abandoned by the federal government for thirty years was not only irresponsible but provocative.
And sadly, because these incendiary comments by Okorocha and Ngige were not sufficiently challenged by Ndi Anambra; the volume of threats is growing in more decibels. The latest threats came from the former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo who is leading a 7-man Committee of political vampires set up by the APC to annex Anambra State by any means necessary. Like others before it, Nwobodo’s Committee has been issuing threats to forcibly wrench Anambra off the grips of APGA and hand it over to the marauding APC to cement the total annexure of Igboland by the invading army.
Never before has South East Nigeria heard the verbal violence currently being spouted by the APC leaders in the region with regards to the Anambra gubernatorial election. There is not the slightest attempt to disguise the fact that its approach is essentially intimidation or that it is hell-bent on foisting an electoral heist on the people.
Two things are involved in the recent APC invasion of Igboland. One of them is the thirst for conquest by the coalition that formed the party – the same coalition that came together in 1967 to crush the economy of the old Eastern Region which was widely regarded then as the fastest growing economy in Africa. The other one is the pride of the Igbo man and his wish to preserve what is left of his pride and his political heritage. As it stands now, the conquerors are wetting the ground for an ill-fated assault on Anambra State. And once again, Senator Jim Nwobodo is leading the charge.
It is saddening to recall that Nwobodo who’s greatest infamy is that he rose against his own people at the PDP Convention in Jos in 1999 and spoke Hausa Language to deny Dr. Alex Ekwueme the chance of emerging the party’s standard bearer in the campaign that produced the Obasanjo presidency has not truly repented. Even in his twilight years, Nwobodo has continued to lend himself quite easily to the enemies of the Igbo. As for Kalu; his antecedents are well known. He left Abia State in a decrepit state after eight wasteful years in which he danced himself lame; careering from one controversy to another.
Kalu is all politics and not enough leadership. These two leaders whose political careers have since tipped over into the setting sun are leading a retinue of other never-do-well politicians on a ruthless assault on Anambra State; the
pride of the Igbo man! These two political wolves are determined spit on the grave of Ikemba Nnewi and all of our great ancestors who put their lives on the line to preserve what is left of the dignity of Ndigbo as a global race! Tufiakwa!
Will Ndi Anambra allow that? Can Ndi Anambra allow that? Alu!
Chuma Igbanugo is an Onitsha based Attorney