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Afenifere, group commend emergence of Nwodo as Ohanaeze leader

By Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna), Seye Olumide (Lagos) and Lawrence Njoku (Enugu)   |   12 January 2017   |   4:11 am
Newly elected officials of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World-wide taking oath of office after their election in Enugu.       PHOTO: NAN

Newly elected officials of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World-wide taking oath of office after their election in Enugu. PHOTO: NAN

• Faction asks court to declare election illegal

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has congratulated the newly-elected leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo under former Aviation Minister, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, as president-general.

A statement yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, commended Ohanaeze for having a seamless transition, which has produced another leadership at this crucial period in our country.

According to the group: “We ask the new leadership to quickly settle down for business and set an agenda crucial to our search for nationhood.

“We cannot pretend that all is well with our country at this moment that the entire architecture of governance and statehood are under intense strains of anachronistic politics of conquest and domination that has been the bane of our country.

“We have very little time on our hands to get Nigeria back on track by rebuilding it.

“On our part, we are ready to work with Ohanaeze leadership and other like minds across Nigeria for a collective rescue mission.”

Also, members of the South-East Revival Group (SERG) have welcomed the emergence of Nwodo, urging him to use his goodwill to ensure Igbo socio-cultural renaissance.

The group in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu yesterday, also urged South-East governors to rally round the new leadership for the benefit of the Igbo.

But a group of Igbo leaders has asked a court to declare the ‘purported’ national election of Ohanaeze that produced the Nwodo leadership a nullity.

Ohanaeze Caretaker Committee, headed by Chief Ralph Obioha, yesterday said that the Igariwey-led executive lacked the constitutional powers to convoke an election since their tenure ended over a year ago.




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