Ohanaeze Ndigbo: Okorocha, Ngige Disagree As Electoral Committee List Causes Tension
- There was tension in the Ohanaeze Ndigbo over an electoral list ahead of new leaders of the group
- Minister Chris Ngige and Senator Rochas Okorocha claim they were not adequately carried along
- The situation was brought under control by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu
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The crisis within the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo group, deepened on Sunday, December 6, with former governor, Rochas Okorocha, and a minister, Chris Ngige, disagreeing with the organisation's latest decision.
Legit.ng understands that the duo disagreed caused a division with their disagreement over the announcement of the electoral committee members by the president-general, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who is billed to vacate the position soon.
Vanguard reports that the announced list which has Senator Ben Obi of Anambra state as chairman and Ferdinand Agu of Enugu as secretary did not go down well with Ngige and Okorocha.
It was learnt that after the list was announced, Ngige had raised an objection saying there were no adequate consultations before the list which, he said had practising politicians, was drawn.
While Ngige demanded for a fresh list, Okorocha supported the minister's argument by saying former governors who are major stakeholders were not carried along.
Their arguments, it was gathered, caused serious division which was later brought under control by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.
Iwuanyanwu urged that the list be accepted since all the members are Igbo.
Legit.ng had earlier reported how leaders in the southeast and organisations recently started consultations in order to get someone to replace Nnia Nwodo.
The tenure of Nwodo, the incumbent president of the apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, expires in January 2021, hence the search for a consensus candidate.
According to an unnamed source, the decision to pick a consensus candidate was taken at a meeting recently. The meeting was reportedly called by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo was recently plunged into what was seen as fresh controversies over the endorsement of Prof George Obiozor as the next president-general.
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Nnia Nwodo-led executive is diving down with its reign coming to an end in 2021, in what has opened the possibility for a new leadership taking up the affars of the group in a few weeks.
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