The wife of the late Igbo leader, Ikemba Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Bianca Ojukwu, has recieved royal support and blessing in her controversial and embattled senatorial bid by no other person than the traditional ruler of Nteje community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Rowland Odegbo who gave Ojukwu’s widow his royal blessings yesterday.
Bianca Ojukwu has faced rejection from someone of Ojukwu’s children who insisted that being from Ngwo in Enugu state disqualifies her from seeking electoral positions in Anambra. Also, one of the children of the late Igbo icon also went as far as stating the marriage between his father and Bianca is null and void citing instance where the father had instituted statutory marriage to someone else, thereby nullifying the marriage of Bianca.
The acrimony spilled over into a verbal/textual brawl between two Igbo Sociocultural pressure groups; MASSOB and BIM over the endorsement and support of Bianca Ojukwu.
However lightening will strike twice for the former Ambassador to Spain as the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety threw its weight behind Bianca’s senatorial candidacy. The group said, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will put their names in the good books of history if the wife of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu is fielded by the party as its candidate for Anambra South Senatorial district for the 2019 election.
Recall that after the fierce criticism of Bianca’s political bid by her husband’s chikdren, a host of friends came to her defence by purchasing the APGA senatorial form for her, while her sibling fired a vitriolic response at Ojukwu jr.
Igwe Odegbo while welcoming Bianca in his palace at Nteje, during the celebration of his annual new yam cultural festival, prayed for her success in her senatorial ambition and blasted those making such insinuations that Bianca who hails from Enugu State cannot contest an election in Anambra State for lack ing sense of reasoning.
According to Odegbo who was a one-time deputy governorship candidate in Anambra State, under Pastor Nicholas Ukachukwu’s gubernatorial candidacy, “it is senseless for anyone to bring such a debate into our political life at this stage because once a woman is married to any state, she has automatically become more indigenised to that particular state than even her paternal state of origin.”