The Labor Party presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi has visited the family of the late Igbo leader Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu as part of his ongoing national consultations.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, 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 all the country’s leaders to receive their blessing and support, as he needed everyone to clearly understand his good intentions for the nation.
“For me to do anything, especially now that I’m going around, it’s necessary for me to come and meet my leaders and leaders exist in various spheres of life.
“For me, the most important thing is to walk, be it a political leader or a religious leader. You plead for their blessings. I need everyone’s blessings.
“You need everyone to understand you; you have to figure out what you’re doing to them and be able to say, ‘I came for this purpose’ and that’s why I’m here to see the great family of Ojukwu.”
“I know that 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 he had met most of the Igbo leaders and “I am his son”, adding: “So if you see your son doing well and breaking new ground, you just have to encourage his effort.”
“I have met with most of our leaders. I am consulting with all of them,” she added.
In response, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu said that among other achievements Obi recorded in Anambra State as governor, he was ending the era of patronage in the state.
According to her, Obi is one of the most progressive, competent and transparent politicians in Nigeria today.