- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has elected George Obiozor as its new president-general
- The election was held on Sunday, January 10, at Dan Anyim stadium, Owerri in Imo state
- It was, however, gathered that some of Obiozor's contenders boycotted the elelction
A report by Punch indicated that a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Israel, and Cyprus, Prof. George Obiozor, has emerged president-general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Legit.ng gathered that Obiozor emerged in an election held at Dan Anyim stadium in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Sunday, January 10.
The report, however, had it that other candidates for the position of the president-general boycotted the election.
It was gathered that one of the leading contestants for the post of secretary-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Chuks Ibegbu, had announced his withdrawal from the election.
Ibegbu, who is the outgoing deputy national publicity secretary of the body, lamented that the election process was faulty and lacked proper democratic rules of engagement.
“Following obvious distortion of the proper democratic rules of engagement and feeling the pulse of the Igbo Nation, I hereby exclude myself from the Nwodo led Ohanaeze election.
“Though I purchased the nomination form at an unacceptable sum of N300,000, regrettably the process was full of manipulation and the outcome would not be acceptable to Ndigbo.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), may zone its presidential ticket to the southern region after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure.
It was reported that this sparked off interest from the southwest and southeast, with Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-political group, leading the front in the demand for an Igbo man to take over the helms of affairs when Buhari leaves.
In another report, following the controversy generated over the appointment of the new president-general of Ohaneze, an associate professor of political science and international relations, Promise Onyewuchim, called for caution.
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.
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.
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