The people of the southeast have been cautioned over the appointment of the new president-general of Ohaneze
Promise Onyewuchim, an academic guru, made the warning ahead of Ohaneze election
Onyewuchim, however, said that imposition of a candidate would have a negative effect on the future of the group
Following the controversy generated over the appointment of the new president-general of Ohaneze, the apex group of Igbo socio-cultural group, an associate professor of political science and international relations, Promise Onyewuchim, has called for caution.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, the academic guru, said that the imposition of one George Obiozor as president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo would lead to the demise of the socio-cultural organization.
He also warned that the Ohaneze Ndigbo should maintain its leaders and members are apolitical and separated from partisan politics.
Onyewuchim, a former secretary of Akaikenga, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), stated that to avert the leadership crisis in Ohaneze, the first thing to do is to separate the group from partisan politics and the grips of elected or appointed government officials of the state.
He added that another important issue that should be tackled is that the forthcoming election should be held on neutral ground, adding that Enugu, the headquarters, which has been agreed for years should remain the venue for the elections.
The lecturer also stressed that a free, fair, transparent and credible election should be allowed as it affects section 11(b) of the Ohaneze constitution.
"Anything short of these would lead to the death of a united Ohaneze but God would not allow that to happen. I am therefore calling on our elders, traditional rulers, religious leaders and all Igbos to rise up and save Ohaneze from extinction.
"My views just like those of the majority of the stakeholders are for Ndigbo to insist on fairness, equity and the right things to be done by the outgoing leadership. Ndigbo will resist and reject any form of imposition or coronation of someone by selected few selfish individuals."
The pioneer secretary of Southeast People's Assembly (SEPA) under the leadership of Dr.Alex Ekwueme, pointed out that a bad precedent was about to be set, adding that it would definitely destroy the only umbrella that covers all Igbos.
He stressed that it was unanimously agreed years back when Chief Garry Igariwe was elected that from then, all major events and activities of Ohaneze would be at Enugu, the headquarters of Ndigbo.
The Ohaneze chieftain said that elections were being rotated without being teleguided.
"Prof. Joe Irukwu from Abia state was elected as the PG at Owerri, Imo state. Similarly, after Prof. Irukwu, Dr. Dozie Ikedife from Anambra state was elected at Umuahia, Abia state as Ohaneze President General. Late Amb. Ralph Uwechue from Delta state got elected at Awka in Anambra state as the Ohaneze President.
"Chief Garry Igariwe from Ebonyi state was elected at Enugu as and Ndigbo unanimously resolved that from then, all elections and major events of Ohaneze would hold at Enugu, the headquarters of Ohaneze and Ndigbo in general.
"This decision of Ohaneze started with the election of my senior friend and associate Chief Nnia Nwodo in Enugu. So, why will they change the decision of Ndigbo just to achieve a predetermined agenda of coronating a "Joseph" that knows "Pharoah."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a security summit slated to hold between the southeast governors and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday, February 12, was almost disrupted.
It was reported that the delay by southeast governors and the IGP to arrive at the venue of the security summit nearly marred the event.
The event which was slated for 9 am was attended by the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers from the five states of the zone, religious leaders, captains of industry and other stakeholders from the zone.
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