- The APC said it is ready to work and partner with the new leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
- In a statement, the ruling party congratulated Chief George Obiozor on his emergence as the organisation new leader
- The party also said it will foster cooperation with the Obiozor-led executive to give southeast its "deserved political standing"
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Chief George Obiozor as the new leader and president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
In a statement by its secretary of the national caretaker committee John Udoedehe, the ruling party expressed readiness to partner and work with the new leadership of the socio-political association towards a "shared development."
Legit.ng had reported that Obiozor, a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Israel, and Cyprus, polled 304 votes to emerge the winner.
In an election held in Owerri, Imo state capital on Sunday, January 10, the former Nigerian ambassador was declared the winner by Chief Gary Igariewe-led electoral committee.
APC in a reaction said its leadership under Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state will ensure a smooth relationship with the leadership of the group in order to give the southeast region its "deserved political standing in the country."
The party also congratulate the outgone leadership of Ohanaeze led by Chief John Nwodo for its "patriotic leadership" and maturity.
"We congratulate former Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Prof. George Obiozor on his election as the new President-General of the Ohanézè Ndígbo.
"We also congratulate Chief John Nwodo executive for its mature and patriotic leadership of Ohanézè Ndígbo."
New faction emerges in Ohanaeze
Meanwhile, a new faction of Ohanaeze has emerged with Chief Chidi Ibe and Uche Okwukwu elected as president and vice respectively.
This is coming hours after Professor George Obiozor was declared the president-general of the socio-political group in the southeast.
The factional VP Okwuwu described the election conducted in Owerri by the electoral committee led by Chief Gary Igariewe as illegal, null and void.
How Obiozor's endorsement polarised Ohanaeze
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the socio-political group was plunged into fresh controversies over the endorsement of Professor Obiozor as the next president-general.
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 affairs of the group in a few weeks.