By Chijindu Emeruwa
An Igbo socio cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council(OYC), has said it does not have confidence in the recently appointed electoral Committee set by the imeobi of the apex igbo group(Ohanaeze Ndigbo) to oversee and map out guidelines for the January 10, 2021 election of the group.
The Imeobi is the highest organization in the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
However, OYC, disclosing its position known in a press statement signed by its Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and made available to newsmen on Tuesday, posited that the electoral committee should be suspended till the General Assembly of Ohanaeze ratified the electoral committee.
According to the Igbo group, without approval by the General Assembly of Ohanaeze based on constitution the Electoral committee members duties stands illegal and it could contested in court.
Ohanaeze further charged governors of South East zone and other stakeholders to save the region by ascertaining if Chairman and Secretary are card carrying members of any political party or proponents of anti-South East 2023 presidential agenda.
It regretted the rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari by Nwodo-led leadership in interfacing with Igbo leadership prior to 2015 general elections by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization.
Ohanaeze youths berated the outgoing President General of the apex Igbo body, Chief Nnia Nwodo, stating that the latter’s alleged aggression against Buhari government in 2019 election was more visible, an action, the Igbo youths claimed, nearly jeopardize the reelection of three South East governors.
Akelicious reports that the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo during it’s Imeobi meeting held on Sunday in Enugu, appointed Senator Ben Obi and Mr. Ferdinand Agu as Chairman and Secretary of Ohanaeze Electoral Committee respectively.
But, OYC in its statement which partly read, “It is in public domain that Nwodo led the Southern and Middtle Belt to institutes a court case before Abuja Court on laughable claim
against Buhari and the laugbale claims of marginalization which was a self inflicted wound by pro PDP Ohanaeze since 2015. Igbo youths have observed that one, Senator Ben Obi and Ferdinand Agu have featured prominently in the endorsement of PDP by Ohanaeze in 2011, 2015 and 2019. And the nomination of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Electoral committee as chairman and Secretary respectively, clearly shows now that PDP loyalists and friends of Atiku has hijacked Ohanaeze electrical committee to impose another pro–PDP Ohanaeze in the upcoming 2021.
“There are plans already to end pro-PDP Ohanaeze leadership which could possibly lead of a crack in Ohanaeze leadership by having splinters groups in Ohanaeze. It is not a concidence, that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Imeobi meeting was fixed the same day PDP NWC was inaugurated. It is a well crafted manipulation by PDP to hijack Ohanaeze, which automaticallyhas murdered the chances of Igbo man to succeed Buhari in 2023. Whoever emerges as pro PDP Ohanaeze will only support PDP. It will be PDP agenda in 2023, which will never be supported in 2023.
“The imeobi meeting was programmed by proponents of anti 2023 Igbo presidential project which agents of PDP achieved through installation of PDP card carrying members as Electoral committee chairman and Secretary. Our recommendation and demands”.