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Ohanaeze disowns call for S’East senate presidency, insists Obi won Feb 25 poll

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide had rebutted a statement credited to it entitled “Ohanaeze canvasses for senate presidency,” saying it did not emanate from the body.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dr Alex Ogbonnia, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

Ogbonnia said that the author of the statement, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, was not qualified to speak for Ohanaeze as he was not the Secretary General of Ohaneze Ndigbo.

The statement read in part: “The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to the reckless and mischievous publication making the rounds that “Ohanaeze Ndigbo canvasses for Umahi’s Senate Presidency.”

“The press statement issued by Mazi Okechuwu Isiguzoro, using the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, touted that the “Senate President in this dispensation should emerge from the South-East of Nigeria.”

“A few weeks ago, it was,“Ohanaeze Ndigbo congratulates Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

“Two days ago, it was “Ohanaeze Ndigbo collects $400,000 from Wike,” etc.

“Since the Ohanaeze election which was held on January 10, 2021, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has consistently reminded the general public that the Secretary General of the body is Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR, and that publications of any kind coming from Isiguzoro should be ignored.

“We have deployed several means available including reaching out to the traditional ruler of Isiguzoro’s community for him to desist from the damages he causes to the image of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to no avail.

“However, respite finally came on Friday, March 10, 2023 with a court order by Justice Uchenna Mogbo of the High Court of Enugu State, stopping the Chidi Ibeh-led factional leadership from parading themselves as true representatives of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“Justice Mogbo further declared that the “purported parallel election of the officers of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Ohanaeze conducted in Enugu State at the instance of the defendants is illegal and un-constitutional.

“The suit listed “Chidi Ibeh, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Prince Richard Ozobu, and Nnabuike Okwu, as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and fourth defendants.”

He said that the body would have ignored the publication but due to its weight and national importance, it decided to put the records straight.

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