The New President Of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Emerges


The apex body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has elected a former Minister of Information, Chief Nnia Nwodo as the new president-general of the group.

L-R: Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu & Chief Nnia Nwodo, the new Ohanaeze President

Nwodo defeated his opponent, Professor Chiweyite Ejike, former vice chancellor of Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH).

The new president was elected by an overwhelming majority votes of delegates from the seven Igbo speaking states takes over from Chief Gary Igariwey who has served out his four-year tenure.

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The election which was held yesterday, 10th January 2017 at the GRA Enugu Secretariat of Ohanaeze was an anti-climax, as Nwodo’s major rival and former military administrator, Commodore Alison Madueke failed to turn up for screening.

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As the winner of the election, Chief Nwodo pledged to bring transparency into Ohanaeze leadership, assuring that he has come to serve the Igbo and not to use the position to enrich himself. “My interest is integrity.”

Meanwhile, the outgoing president, Chief Igariwey urged Igbo to insist on the implementation of agreements reached at the 2014 Constitutional conference, especially the issue of restructuring, also,
the completion and commissioning of the new Ohanaeze secretariat as a major challenge, and as well build confidence between the elected governments in all Igbo speaking states and ensure that Igbo decisions are implemented in the best interest of the people.

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Others elected include DIG Hillary Opara (retd) who was elected deputy national president, Uche Okwukwu, secretary general, Emeka Ogwu, treasurer, Professor Chigozie Ogbu, vice president, Ebonyi among others.

Deputy Governors of Enugu and Ebonyi, Cecilia Ezillo and  Kelechi Igwe witnessed the election while the other governors of the South East were represented at the well attended election.

Other dignitaries include Senator Ken Nnamani, Chief Okwy Nwodo, Senator Chuka Utazi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Okey Ezea, Igwe Alfred Achebe of Onitsha, Osita Okechkwu, Prof. ABC Nwosu, among others.

Culled from The Sun


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