- The reported disunity within the Ohanaeze Ndigbo may witness the organisation being taken over by political actors in the southeast
- The governors' moves have, however, been condemned by many southeast chieftains
- There is a wide-spread belief that if the governors succeed in their quest, the body will be hijacked by the state executives
Less than two months to its national election, an air of discontent may have enveloped the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, The Guardian reports.
According to the report, there is tension within the group following alleged subtle moves by governors in the southeast zone to take over the leadership of the body.
Credence to the move came to the fore during the recent National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the association, where the state chief executives allegedly nominated two members each into the yet-to-be inaugurated electoral committee preparatory to the January exit date.
A source quoted in the report stated that the implication of flooding the panel with nominees of state governments meant that:
“The governors will be the ones that will nominate those who will occupy the positions allocated to the states in line with the rotational principles in the organisation.”
He added that the voting delegates would be selected according to political leanings.
“Although, we receive funding from the governors, that does not mean that they should now determine how the organisation is run.”
Meanwhile, the governors of southeast extraction recently declared that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) does not represent or speak for Ndigbo.
Chief David Umahi, Ebonyi state governor and chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum stated this during a meeting with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike recently.
Governor Umahi said IPOB cannot force any section of the country to join its agitation for Biafra.
Earlier, the governors expressed deep concern over the erosion of mutual trust between ethnic nationalities across the country, stressing that such had widened and threatened national unity and cohesion.
They spoke after their virtual meeting with representatives of the youths and leaders of the zone saying they were worried about the loss of lives in the country amid the ongoing riots which were triggered by hoodlums hijacking the #EndSARS protests.
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