By Dennis Agbo
10th January 2017
ENUGU-A former Minister for Information and Culture, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Monday emerged the new President General of the apex socio-cultural body of Ndigbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Nwodo pulled a total of 242 votes to defeat his only rival, a former Vice Chancellor of old Anmabra State University of Technology, ASUTH, Prof. Chiweyete Ejike, who gathered 13 votes. 6 votes were voided in the contest for the President General.
The post of Secretary General of the organization also went to Rivers state indigene Barrister Uche Okwukwu who scored 166 votes against Chief Issac Wonwu who got 63 votes, while Chief Kroham Joel got 4 votes.
Protests of imposition were rife in the election, particularly from Imo state where Governor Rochas Okorocha was accused of imposing the Deputy President General.
Also candidates complained of high nomination fee such as N500, 000 for President General, N300, 000 for Secretary General, N250, 000 for Deputy President General and N100,000 for National Treasurer.
Earlier than the election, lists circulated, itemizing preferred or what some called imposed winners.
Delivering his validatory speech, the out-going President General, Chief Enow Igariwey said he hopes to see a rejuvenated Ohanaeze and charged them to complete the on going remodeling of Ohanaeze secretariat being executed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state.
Out of about 500 delegates for the election, the Movement for Actualization of Sovereign state of Biafra, MASSOB secured 5 delegates.
There was commotion on the use English language in the forum, with many preferring that Igbo language was adopted as medium of speech.
Chairman of the election committee, Prof. Anya O. Anya told Ndigbo that 47 years after the Nigeria/Biafra war, it was time for reflection and repositioning of Ndigbo.
Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Sunday condemned in strong terms the recent visit of Chief Ralph Obioha and some Igbo leaders to the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on behalf of the organisation, describing the action as the “height of rascality, recklessness and disrespect to the laws of this nation.”
In a statement by the organisation’s Deputy President-General, Chief OAU Onyema which was made available to journalists in Enugu, the apex organisation dismissed the existence of Caretaker Committee in the Ohanaeze, explaining that by “parading himself as the chairman of a non-existent committee,” Chief Obioha had displayed his disregard of the rule of law.
“I am very sure that the president –elect , who is a constitutional man, that believes in discipline and rule of law, who is preaching against indecency and crooked behaviors, will not be happy, having been tricked or dragged into the murky waters of Chief Raph Obioha’s irresponsible conduct of impersonating the representative/leadership of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo.
“Chief Raph Obioha who is parading himself as the purported Chairman of a non-existent care-taker committee, has indeed dragged our respected president-elect into a very unfortunate dirty and polluted waters of his surreptitious agenda, to disrupt the leadership of Ndi Igbo. Obioha is quite aware that there is a subsisting Court Order in Suit No: E /513/ 2014 issued by His Lordship Justice R.O. Odugu of Enugu State High Court, barring him from parading himself as such, and creating any three party interest in the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Worldwide, yet, he decides to flout the law, boasting that his visit to the president–elect will insulate him from justice.
“One wonders why Chief Raph Obioha, who is currently facing a contempt charge and committal proceedings on the same issue of impersonating the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who personally attended the court seating on April 2, 2014 at High Court 6 Enugu with his lawyer (Enechi Onyia SAN) for his committal proceedings, to see if he can explain himself out of the impending imprisonment, will be emboldened to commit further disobedience of court order, to the extent of dragging–in a highly revered personality in the person of our no-nonsense president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.
“Honestly, Ndigbo will surely expect open apologies from this man and his cohorts, especially to our president-elect whom they have deceived to receive them as the leadership of Ndigbo.
“I am aware that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is still undergoing the necessary procedure, preparatory to paying a courtesy call to the president-elect, which is usually be preceded by a NEC resolution, followed by an Imeobi approval. However, Obioha, has rushed to misrepresent and impersonate a respected tribe, like Ndigbo which is quite unacceptable to us,” he said.
Onyema noted that already, the organisation had expressed its felicitation in writing to the president-elect, and equally to President Goodluck Jonathan for his spirit of sportsmanship in accepting the result of the presidential election wherein he lost- an act that saved our nation from a lot of imminent violence, skirmishes and probable disintegration.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo further expressed appreciation to President Jonathan for the recent appointment of former Governor Peter Obi as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and that of Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, the Chairman South-east Council of Traditional Rulers) as a pro-chancellor.
Source: ThisDay, 11th May 2015.
By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization has described as a disgrace to the Igbo nation, the decision of some Igbo people to beg the president -elect, General Muhammadu Buhari for appointments in his government that will take off on May 29, 2015.
President of Ohaneze in Anambra State, Chief Chris Eluomunoh, who is also the chairman of Ohaneze State Presidents’ Forum for the seven Igbo-speaking states, said at a news conference in Awka that issues of federal appointments were constitutional obligations which every president of Nigeria, irrespective of the voting pattern of a people in an election, must obey.
He condemned in its entirety, the move by certain people who claimed to be representing the Igbo to be begging the president-elect for appointments of Ndigbo in his government. According to him, Igbo nation is an integral part of Nigeria and must get their due share in Nigeria, adding that appointing Igbo people into offices should not in any way be regarded as doing them any favour.
Eluomunoh said there was nothing unusual for a group to be in opposition, telling Igbo people not to see the defeat of Jonathan as the end of their progress in the politics of Nigeria. He said: “It is a disgrace for any Igbo to be begging General Buhari for appointment, after all Buhari and others in the South West and members of his party had been in opposition for the past 16 years and they never begged Jonathan for appointment.
“As far as the politics of Nigeria is concerned, General Buhari and the incoming APC government must involve the South East in the zonal arrangement. “With Buhari as the president and the South West as the vice president, the next most important appointment, which is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, must come from the South East. We don’t have to beg for it and so those who went to Buhari to beg for appointment on behalf of Igbo did not represent Igbo.”
Source: Vanguard, 9th May 2015.
Chief John Nnia Nwodo
President General of Ohanaeze