- Governor Willie Obiano has expressed displeasure over what he described as disrespect for the late Nnamdi Azikiwe by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo
- Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, was said to have held a private meeting the day President Muhammadu Buhari honoured Azikiwe by opening his mausoleum in Onitsha, Anambra state
- Obiano says Ohanaeze should remain apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo and not a partisan political mouthpiece for endorsing candidates
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been accused by Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state for allegedly disrespecting the late pioneer president of Nigeria, the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Punch reports that the governor spoke through his commissioner for information and public enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, at a press conference in Awka.
Legit.ng gathers that the governor condemned the Igbo socio-cultural organisation for scheduling and holding a private meeting the day President Muhammadu Buhari set aside to honour Azikiwe by opening his mausoleum in Onitsha, Anambra state.
He said: “Ohanaeze is predominantly funded by state governments. We are going to stop it from endorsing candidates. Ohanaeze should remain apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo and not a partisan political mouthpiece for endorsing candidates.
“Igbo people belong to different political parties; we can’t shut doors against ourselves. We won’t allow that.
“We’ve no issue with Peter Obi or Atiku or their endorsement. We are being misrepresented in the media since this issue began. We’ve not in any press statement mentioned Atiku or Obi’s name.
“Our grouse was how the Ohanaeze and Nnia Nwodo disrespected Zik, the day the whole nation was honouring him.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former Abia state governor, Chief Orji Kalu, berated the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, for endorsing the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.
Kalu expressed his disappointment with the group on Sunday, January 28, in an interview with newsmen in his Camp Neya country home in Igbere, Bende local government area of the state.
He said that the John Nwodo-led executive of the organisation betrayed the people’s trust and exposed the body as being partisan.
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Kalu said: “Ohanaeze is a socio-cultural organisation and so should not be seen to be partisan. What the leadership did by endorsing Atiku was not in the interest of the Igbo nation. The endorsement also did not enjoy the support of the majority of members but may be a committee’s decision."
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