‘Obiano should apologise to Nwodo over unguarded comment’
• Okorie berates Ohanaeze for endorsing PDP candidates as group suspends secretary general
The Izu-Umunna Cultural Association of Nigeria (IUCAN), a Think Tank of Igbo people worldwide has advised Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano to apologise to President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo and the entire Igbo people over his unguarded comments.It said Obiano’s comments wounded and offended most Igbo people, describing the governor’s remarks against Nwodo as unguarded and undignified outbursts.
A statement issued yesterday in Jos, Plateau State by IUCAN’s President, Dr. Ugo Patrick Ihekuna, noted that the association was shocked at the recent dissenting voices that rose against Ohanaeze’s endorsement of a presidential candidate for Ndigbo.“We received Governor Obiano’s insults to President of Ohanaeze and leader of Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo with shock and dismay.
“As the voice and conscience of Ndigbo in the North, we are morally bound to respond to Obiano’s unguarded and undignified utterances against the Nwodo (Ike Ukehe). “We were aghast when we read like millions of Ndigbo across the globe Governor Obiano’s insult in which he said: “Nnia, I didn’t know that you were so idiotic.”
But the group said it was happy at the matured and responsible way in which Nwodo responded Obiano when he said, “I am shocked that you can be so insolent. “I am sure that I was not idiotic when I addressed your state House of Assembly asking Anambra people to disregard Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)’s boycott order of your election, nor was I idiotic when I pleaded with the Commander-in-Chief to restore your security details.
“History will judge who among us is idiotic. If standing with the popular wish of Ndigbo makes me idiotic, I am happy to be called an idiot.“As a long standing affiliate of Ohanaeze, Iz-Umunna took part in deliberations leading to and including the ImeObi of Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Enugu, so that can attest to the fact that the decision at the meeting was a collective one and not that of Nwodo,” it stated.
However, National Chairman of Igboezue Cultural Advancement Initiative, Chekwas Okorie has decried the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for endorsing the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi.He described the group’s action as “unconscionable and disgraceful,” noting that it has dragged the image of the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organization into partisanship.
Okorie, who also is National Chairman of the United Peoples Party (UPP), said this in yesterday, adding “This compromising political scam was pulled off by a few card carrying members of the PDP to the exclusion of other members of the ImeObi who are in the majority.
Meanwhile, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the body has suspended its Secretary general, Uche Okwukwu.But in a swift reaction, Okwukwu said he remains Ohanaeze’s scribe, insisting that no communiqué of the ImeObi meeting ‘endorsed the Presidential aspiration of Atiku/Obi”.He stated that on the contrary, the NEC suspended Nwodo for breaching sections of Ohanaeze constitution by personally drafting and signing a communiqué, adding that a nine member committee headed by Chief Richard Ozobu had been constituted to investigate the President General.
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