Says: “The general public is requested to disregard reckless statements by impostors, charlatans, unscrupulous social climbers and pretenders whose major objective is both mischievous and shady”
–Pix (above): Amb. Prof George Obiozor, PG, Ohaneze Nidigbo Worldwide
For the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, dumping Mr. Peter Obi, presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections and endorsing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, ex-President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos Chapter, is nothing but a claim from an impostor and charlatan from the pit of hell.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide said it was misleading for Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, who no longer represents the group in Lagos, to make such a wild and misleading comment, even as his authority to speak for Ndigbo in Lagos has ceased, on account of the expiration of his tenure, accusing him of seeking relevance and tenure elongation against the provisions of the Constitution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. It noted that, at best, Aguene should be totally ignored as empty barrel that makes the loudest noise.
Clarifying this in a statement within the week, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, its National Publicity Secretary, said that an election, organised by a panel headed by Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu had, on June 15, 2022, resulted in Chief Sunday Ossai emerging as the democratically elected new President of the Lagos State Chapter of the body to replace Aguene, even as the Ambassador Professor George Obiozor-led Igbo body, had stressed that “only the Chapter President or an authorised officer of the current Lagos State executive has the authority to speak on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter.
The spokesman said: “The general public is requested to disregard reckless statements by impostors, charlatans, unscrupulous social climbers and pretenders whose major objective is both mischievous and shady.”
OHANAEZE DEBUNKS ENDORSEMENT TO TINUBU
The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to the news making the rounds with a caption “Ohanaeze Ndigbo dumps Peter Obi, declares support for Tinubu”.
The story added that “since the group was in support of a second term for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, there was nothing wrong in supporting his (Sanwo-Olu) presidential candidate.” The purveyor of the foregoing remarks is Chief Solomon Aguene, the immediate-past president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter.
For purpose of clarity, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene was elected the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter in June 2018 for a four-year tenure, in line with the Constitution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Towards the end of 2021, information reached the National headquarters of Ohanaeze that Aguene was plotting a tenure elongation.
Several eminent Igbo dignitaries urged Aguene to rescind the contemplation for an obnoxious tenure elongation and rather lend support for a fresh election for a new executive.
In line with the Constitution of the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, an electoral panel headed by a seasoned technocrat in the person of Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu was constituted by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, with a mandate to conduct a fresh election for the Lagos State chapter. Subsequently, on June 15, 2022, an election was held in which over 750 delegates from seven Ohanaeze states participated.
The election was observed by the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR; Prince Gary Igariwey, the former President General; the Chairman of the electoral panel, Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, Comrade Okey Nwankwo, the President of Abia State Chapter of Ohanaeze, among others. At the end of the stiffly contested election, Chief Sunday Ossai was declared the winner with 380 votes, while the runner up, Chief Evaristus Ozonweke scored 339 votes.
Information reaching Ohanaeze Ndigbo indicates that Aguene has secured a tenure elongation from a Lagos court. This is, to say the least, very deplorable.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, therefore, informs the general public that the current president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter is Chief Sunday Ossai and only the Chapter President or an authorised officer of the current Lagos State executive has the right to speak on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter. The general public is requested to disregard reckless statements by impostors, charlatans, unscrupulous social climbers and pretenders whose major objective is both mischievous and shady.
Ohanaeze believes that any person with a democracy credential will dissociate self with a person whose public conduct is at variance with democratic norms; and that the Aguene endorsement to a presidential candidate is hollow. It is, therefore, emphasized that the person who has the right and mandate to make statements on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos is the President, Chief Sunday Ossai.
For the avoidance of doubt, the misleading impression that “Ohanaeze dumps Obi” is from the pit of hell and meant to serve private interest. Such a statement is hereby vehemently debunked./SHARE THIS
- Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze ndigbo Worldwide.