The apex leader of Igbos in All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos state, Honourable Jude Idimogu has challenged the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to Lagos State Governor, Joe Igbokwe, to contest a councillorship election in his ward and win if he wants to vie for the position of apex leader in Lagos.
Speaking in an interview with INDEPENDENT, Idimogu, a two-time member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, said he is far better and more qualified to lead Igbos in Lagos having contested and won election twice, unlike Igbokwe who has only been getting appointments.
Idimogu, who said his position as apex leader of Igbos in Lagos was given to him by Igbo leaders, also said Igbokwe should go and fight those who made him the leader if he is dissatisfied with what has happened.
“The issue is I did not give myself the position of apex leader. It is Igbo leaders in Lagos state, especially the Ezes and other community leaders of Ndigbo who recognized me and said for the fact that I have won elections twice and I am in the Lagos State House of Assembly representing them, that based on that I am their apex leader.
“They even gave me a certificate as apex leader. I did not give it to myself. So, whoever that is fighting me should go and fight them. All I know is that my Igbo brothers and sisters recognized me and said I should go and represent their interest in Lagos state.
“I don’t expect everyone to accept my leadership, particularly Joe Igbokwe. However, let me tell him that in the history of Nigeria and worldwide, an elected person is better than an appointed person, irrespective of the number of years you have been there. That one is secondary.
“I won’t join issues with Joe Igbokwe but the only challenge i gave him is that if he really wants to be an apex leader by Ndigbo and he wants to contest the position with me, let him go and contest election and win; even if it is local government election or as a councillor in his ward where he lives. If he wins, then let him come and drag the position of apex leader with me,” he said.