Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has dissociated itself from reports alleging it had called for the release of certificate of return to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who’s gunning for a seat at the Senate.
Ohanaeze made the disclosure in a statement issued by Emeka Atama, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the President General.
“The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a story circulating in the media, crediting it with having called for the release of certificate of return to the Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha,” Atama said.
The Ohanaeze spokesperson emphatically dissociated his organisation from the said report, stating it did not emanate from the body.
“While Ohanaeze Ndigbo will always speak out on matters concerning Ndigbo generally, it will not allow itself to be dragged into partisan politics concerning individuals,” he said.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo frowns seriously at the tendency of some of its officials or mischievous elements using the name of the body to issue unwarranted statements purporting they emerged from the apex Igbo cultural organisation.
“Let it be known that any statement not emanating from the President General, the National Publicity Secretary, his Deputy or the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President General of the organisation should not be countenanced by the press or the public.”
He added, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo is at the moment looking into a statement credited to its Lagos State chapter president and will not hesitate to discipline any state president or official who issues any statement without authorisation.”