By Chijindu Emeruwa
An Igbo socio-cultural youth body, Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, worldwide, has advised the leadership and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to be wary of the political antics of Senator Rochas Okorocha, using Mr Chidi Ibe-led Ohanaeze faction to incite and sway public emotions for his selfish gain.
Ohanaeze gave the advice in a statement signed by its President, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka and issued to Akelicious on Wednesday.
The Igbo socio-cultural youth body, noted that Okorocha had used the MASSOB leader, Barr. Ralph Uwazuruike, to gain political favour from the great Igbo hero Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
He said, “Unfortunately, having ascended onto power as governor of Imo state, using APGA as a vehicle, he dumped both his benefactors and the party for the APC.
“It was obvious that at the time Senator Okorocha, Ahmed Tinubu was working to dominate the South West with his party, the ACN now merged into APC, Senator Rochas Okorocha could have done the same to spread APGA within the South East and South-South, but he choose to betray both APGA members and Ndigbo”.
OYC stated that the above was the genesis of Okorocha’s ascendency to power in Igboland, after seeking to be elected in a political office for over 15 years, adding that it was through APGA and the efforts of pro-Biafrans in MASSOB that propelled him.
He noted that it will be unreasonable for IPOB to fall for the political gimmick of the former Imo Governor Rochas and Mr. Chidi Ibe, stressing that if IPOB will be blind and deaf, they will be used and dumped like MASSOB.
“The political setback Ndigbo suffered in APGA as orchestrated by Rochas Okorocha is the same romance he has initiated through his errand boy Mr. Chidi Ibe, the self-acclaimed Ohanaeze Ndigbo President all to launch his second missionary political journey of use and dump”.
Ohanaeze youths lamented that APGA would have given Ndigbo a clear political roadmap as Bola Tinubu spread the ACN in the West, but the unpatriotic political lifestyle of Senator Okorocha set Ndigbo politically backward to other tribes in Nigeria political project.
“The controversial issues that surrounded Prof. George Obiozor’s emergence as new President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a deep signal that historical credible leaders always emerge through controversy, it is therefore time for all Igbo leaders, traditional rulers and political leaders to join forces with Prof. Obiozor towards the political cum economic emancipation of Ndigbo”.
Akelicious recall that two different elections held consecutively on Saturday and Sunday produced Chidi Ibeh and George Obiozor as the President Generals of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.