Igbo presidency in jeopardy as crisis rocks Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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The Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Barr Uche Okwukwu, declared on Monday that the current crisis rocking the Ohanaeze Ndigbo keeps the agitation of the Southeast for Presidency at risk.

Okwukwu, who has been at war with the Chief Nnia Nwodo-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, spoke to journalists in Enugu.

The war became deep that the Nwodo-led Ohanaeze said he had been suspended, but Okwukwu insists that he remains the Igbo body’s chief scribe.

He spoke after a fresh Ohanaeze Electoral Committee was inaugurated. The new committee is being headed by a former President of Ohanaeze, Garry Enwo Igariwey.

Okwukwu again faulted the process of the inauguration, stating any action by the committee would be futile.

He said, “The purported Imeobi where they set-up the electoral committee is null and void because only the Secretary-General has the power to do so by the Ohanaeze Constitution.

“An illegal meeting was held, and they set-up an electoral committee, which, in my humble view, is illegal. You can’t place something on nothing.

“In Imo State, they even set up a selection committee which came up and said they have nominated Obiozor, they have even warned everyone to run, except Obiozor, else the person will be ostracized. This is unacceptable.” He said, “The purported Imeobi where they set-up the electoral committee is null and void because only the Secretary-General has the power to do so by the Ohanaeze Constitution.

“An illegal meeting was held, and they set-up an electoral committee, which in my

He also faulted the timing of the election, noting that, “our tenure will end on January 10, 2021, technically speaking, we have about 20 days to the end of our tenure, this electoral committee would have been set up some three months ago, to go ahead draw guidelines, screen some candidates, because these days you to screen everything because of the issues of certificates in the country.

“The one that is quite frightening is that the candidates are going to campaign but who are the delegates; even INEC publishes the list of voters; Nwodo campaign in the States, you meet delegates, but in this case, there is no list; who are you going to talk to now? There is fear, plans to manipulate the election.

“My fear is that there may be parallel Ohanaeze; if something goes wrong, those who are aggrieved may announce a parallel Ohanaeze, and I have warned, those who are desirous to do wrong should know that they cannot dominate the space. God forbid that there is parallel Ohanaze, how would the Igbo be perceived? Are we not going to be seen as people who are scattered?

“If there is a parallel Ohanaze, it will survive very well, but it will send a wrong signal that we are not united, and Igbo presidency will suffer a setback because we need the entire Igbo race to come together and speak with one voice. A crack that will lead to factionalization will not be in the interest of Ohanaeze. It will undermine us.

“We are likely going to lose the 2023 presidency because even as we are talking now, our house is not yet in order.”

While calling on Igbo elders to rise and save the body, he announced that another Imeobi would hold on December 31, 2020, during which another electoral committee and a caretaker committee would be set-up to pilot the affairs of Ohanaeze for the next 6 months.

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