Former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim has vented his spleen on the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Oye, accusing him of turning the cock party into a ponzi scheme.
Ohakim, one of the governorship aspirants in the party who alongside 11 others dragged the national and state leadership of the party to Court over a controversial governorship primary, alleged that the APGA leadership “ was doing a ponzi scheme, a scam of the highest order to defraud fellow Igbo men and women of their hard earned money”
Part of the statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Collins Ughalla sent to this newspaper reads
“How could, for example, a party set up a committee of prominent Igbo sons including a serving Commissioner in Obiano administration to woo Dr. Ikedi Ohakim to the party, met for a period of eight months and gave him all assurances of free and fair primaries, yet you turned round and denied him the opportunity to contest ordinary primary election and you now turn around to claim that Ohakim does not have the capacity.
“We presume that Oye is a good Catholic. We all know by whom and how he was recommended for the job of the National Chairman on account of his presumed faith. It baffles me, therefore, that the National Chairman of APGA could be talking about Ohakim not having capacity and beating a Rev Father, when he knows that it is not true. I was among those who accompanied Dr. Ikedi Ohakim to a church service at the home church of the National Chairman of APGA, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia, where he swore before the Blessed Sacrament, his Rev Father and members of his church that Ohakim was the best person that would win the governorship election.
“Everyone in the church service heard him say that the allegation that Ohakim beat a Rev Father was the handiwork of evil people and “prophesied” that Ohakim will be governor again in 2019. After the church service he hosted Ohakim and his entourage at his home and gave him a gift of a big Igbo ram, saying that he rarely does so, and that anyone who receives such gift from him must be great man of tremendous capacity.
“Many men of God who read that childish press release are today shocked. It is rather disturbing that even in Anambra State no prominent contestant got the party’s ticket. Ndigbo and Nigerians in general want to know what offence Chief Ifeanyi Ubah committed, for example, that made the party deny him the waiver to run for election but granted waiver to Ifeanyi Araraume who just joined the party only one weeks to the primary election if the party was not a Ponzi scheme. What of the wife of the revered Igbo leader, late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Lady Bianca Ojukwu? What offence did she commit that made them deny her the ticket of the party after they had lured her to run for the election when she did not want to, if the party was not a fraud cartel? Was it not to use her to raise the stake?
“Now APGA which had less than N5m in its account before the primaries now hires private jet for the use of the National Chairman. Now the party that was begging yesterday can now afford to abuse everybody.
“People know that Governor Obiano may be the last governor of the party, and in 2019 not only will the party lose massively in Anambra State, it will lose massively in Imo State also and everywhere else in Igbo land because the party has killed its Igbo nationalism and idealism”