- Ohaneze Ndigbo says move made by Rochas Okorocha to end the leadership crisis in nonsensical
- Governor Okorocha earlier blamed the group for allowing leadership crisis to escalate
More problems seem to be brewing in the already troubled foremost Igbo group, Ohaneze Ndigbo as some leaders of the group have lashed at Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The Imo state governor had earlier stepped into the leadership crisis rocking the pan Igbo group as two factions led by Chief Gray Enwo-Igariwey and Dr. Ralph Obioha battled for the leadership position.
Okorocha after berating the group for allowing the leadership crises escalate held a closed door meeting with the Enwo-Igariwey led faction.
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Vanguard however reports that some leaders of the group in Enugu state described the report that Obioha had stepped down as nonsensical as the leadership tussle was beyond the two men.
The leaders who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the leadership position was rotated between the five states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Enugu and other Igbo speaking areas of Delta among others and that Igariwey had already served his term and so he was like a king without a kingdom.
“Okorocha is not serious about the issue. The problem in Ohanaeze is fundamental. Igariwey is from Ebonyi State. He has served out his term and it is now our (Enugu) turn to produce the chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“In what capacity did Okorocha negotiate with Igariwey. He is like a bishop without a cathedral. Dr Obioha has no claims to the leadership of Ohanaeze, so what type of factional chairman was he? Please, don’t mind Governor Okorocha, who sacked 3,000 workers claiming that someone asked him to do as a way of testing the waters for what he planned to do.”
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Chief Patrick Ukwueze who is the public affairs officer of Nsukka Zonal Union which is affiliated to Ohanaeze dismissed the reconciliation issue and accused Okorocha and the warring parties as looking for cheap popularity.
“Izuogu has no claims to the Office of President-General of Ohanaeze. Although Ohanaeze is a vehicle that takes nobody anywhere, the truth has to be told. The problems in Ohanaeze are not about the two personalities who were said to have been reconciled. The problems are beyond Okorocha, Igariwey and Izuogu.
“Again, it is the turn of Enugu State to produce the next president-general of the association. Nobody extended his tenure by one year, as Okorocha alone does not constitute Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Igariwey should not destroy a group which brought him to the limelight overnight.”
The apex Igbo group has been criticised lately by Igbo youths agitating for an independent Biafra state. The stance of the Ohaneze Ndigbo is that they do not support the agitation. The group has repeatedly called on youths from the south east and south south to stop the Biafra agitation and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.