The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has announced the shortlist of three names for possible replacement of the embattled President-General of the apex-Igbo socio-cultural organization.
We reports that Ohanaeze had for the past few weeks been enmeshed in a leadership crisis, which had snowballed into a reported suspension of the President-General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo,a claim Nwodo had denied.
However, in a statement obtained by our team on Sunday, three persons have now been shortlisted for his replacement.
They are all from Enugu State, same as Nwodo. The position of the President-General was zoned to the Coal City State.
They include: Prince Richard Ozobu, Sir OAU Onyema and Prof Eche Ugwu.
The statement was signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President, Ohanaeze Youth Wing, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Secretary General, and Comrade Achuonye Obinna, Vice President.
They said the decision was an aftermath of a meeting held by Igbo leaders on Sunday in Enugu.
It read, “we the members of Ohanaeze Youth Wing, OYW, having been part of the interactive meeting of some respectable Igbo elders, leaders of thought, captains of industries and intelligentsias held today, at Enugu, as earlier-on scheduled with sole agenda ‘SAVE OHANAEZE NDIGBO’, were mandated to brief the public on the outcome.
“The Igbo leaders at the meeting unanimously agreed that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been grossly misrepresented and turned into a political party by the estranged President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo and without equivocation accepted that it is an Igbo cultural duty to not only salvage Ohanaeze Ndigbo but re-strategize and reposition Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the spirit of nationalism championed by the likes of Pa. Nnamdi Azikiwes, M. I. Okparas, Eze Akanu Ibiams, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwus, and the likes of distinguished Ohanaeze Ndigbo leaders- Justice Ozobus, Prof Ben Nwabueze, Chief Mbazuluike Amaechis, Dr. Dozie Ikedifes, Chief Ralph Obiohas, et al.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Enugu parley also bemoaned the present Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership led by Nnia Nwodo, observing that it was because of its political ineptitudes that the Igbo are currently missing in the political leadership and radar of Nigerian politics and thereby, agreed to not only sanitize it but constitute a National Steering Committee for Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to be constituted before the end of the week.
Three persons already shortlisted for Nnia Nwodo’s replacement: Prince Richard Ozobu, Sir OAU Onyema and Prof Eche Ugwu.
“They are verily tested products of tradition. And by Wednesday 18th April 2018, one of them will emerge as President General.
“Ohanaeze expanded Igbo leaders Enugu parley also directed that Chief Nnia Nwodo should honourably resign from Ohanaeze Ndigbo presidency for easy change of guards in Ohanaeze since he has failed woefully or will be forcefully ejected through legal means.
“Other agreements reached include vote of confidence passed on the leadership of the Ohanaeze Youth and Women wings, respectively, led by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Chief Calista Adimachukwu and condemnation of Nwodo’s kangaroo elections, since there are no leadership vacuum in both wings of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“We are aware of Nwodo’s visit to Awka Government house on a demand for the government to give him candidate for Ohanaeze Youth president and the monies that exchanged hands.
“There is also an order for Nwodo to stop playing politics with Biafra and her heroes and martyrs since he cannot ‘kill with the spirits by the night and come to funeral with the humans by the day’. His playing to the gallery speeches at Col. Joe Achizia’s recent funeral was antithetical to his anti-Biafra agitation stance and restructure Nigeria blues.
“There would be more revelations and actions in the coming weeks since the Ohanaeze Enugu parley are still meeting and agreed to consult widely to save Ohanaeze Ndigbo from Nnia Nwodo’s iron grip. We are not in a hurry on the mission. Ohanaze Ndigbo afresh is in our minds.”
Nwodo is yet to react to the latest developments.