The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has visited the family of late Igbo leader, Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu, as part of his ongoing nationwide consultations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obi, former Anambra State governor, was received at the residence of the renowned Igbo leader in Enugu by his widow, Bianca Ojukwu, on Saturday.
He said it was important for him to visit every leader in the country for their blessing and support, since he needed everybody to clearly understand his good intentions for the nation.
“For me to do anything, especially as I am going around now, it is necessary that I have to come and meet my leaders and leaders exist in various spheres of life.
“For me, the most important thing is going around, whether it is a political leader or a religious leader. You plead for their blessings. I need everybody’s blessings.
“You need everyone to understand you; you must elucidate what you are doing to them and be able to say, ‘I came for this purpose’ and that is why I am here to see the great Ojukwu’s family.”
“I know with her ( Bianca Ojukwu) own approval and support, comes the approval of Ezeigbo, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, wherever he is, praying for us,” he said.
Obi said that he had met most Igbo leaders and “I am their son”, adding, “So, if you see your son doing well and breaking new grounds, you only have to encourage his effort.”
“I have met with most of our leaders. I am consulting with all of them,” he added.
Responding, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu said that among other achievements Obi recorded in Anambra State as governor was putting an end to the era of godfatherism in the state.
According to her, Obi is one of the most progressive, competent and transparent politician in Nigeria today.