By Chijindu Emeruwa
The crisis rocking the leadership of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has taken a new twist as Abia State High court sitting in Umuahia has recieved a suit seeking court declaration that the purported Imeobi meeting of the pan Igbo organization held at Nike Lake Enugu state on the 20th day of December, 2002 is illegal, null and void and of no effect.
The suit was filed by Barrister Uche Okwukwu against the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.
Okwukwu is the Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group.
However, in a copy of the suit made available to newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital, on Wednesday, the plaintiff(Okwukwu) is further seeking an order of the court validating the Imeobi meeting of Ohanaeze on 31st day of December 2020 in owerri and properly summoned by the plaintiff in accordance with the constitution and all the decisions reached therein as valid, authentic and subsisting.
The suit also seeks an order of the court setting aside any decision taken by the defendant(Nwodo) and the members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo at the Imeobi meeting of 20th day of December, 2020 as being a nugatory, null and void and of no effect whatsoever same having not been summoned by the plaintiff in accordance with the provisions of Article 11 of Ohanaeze constitution.
The suit is further seeking the order of the court setting aside the purported Electoral committee set up by the defendant without due process.
It also seek the an order of the Honorable court validating the Electoral committee headed by Prince Richard Ozobu as the authentic committee.
The plaintiff, in the copy of the suit, want the court to award him the sum of fifty million naira as general damages, and as well, wants the order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant his agents, privies, servants of summoning any meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, Imeobi, National General Assembly or any other meetings at all without the knowledge of the plaintiff pending the hearing and determination of this substantive suit.
In another development, Richard Ozobu-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Election Committee has released modalities for the upcoming exercise.
As the tenure of the current Ohanaeze exco ends this January, there are controversies over the upcoming election, leading to the formation of parallel election committees.
Addressing journalists in Enugu, Ozobu said the local government election must hold before the national exercise.
“Every attention has been on the seat of the President-General, which of course falls under the National Election.
“But we must follow the Ohanaeze constitution to the letters. What it means is that the local government election will come first between the 8th and 9th of January”.