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Ohanaeze youths sheathe swords, back Obiora-led exco

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
04 December 2018   |   4:16 am
Eight months after the crisis that dogged its national election, various factions of Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing yesterday resolved to sheathe their swords and support the elected executive of Arthur Obiora.

Eight months after the crisis that dogged its national election, various factions of Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing yesterday resolved to sheathe their swords and support the elected executive of Arthur Obiora.

During a meeting held at the national secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu that had in attendance representatives of the youth wing drawn from Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo, Rivers and Delta states, they called on the Chief Nnia Nwodo-led parent body to inaugurate the Obiora-led executive, stressing that the truce was for the good of Ndigbo.

The election held in April produced Obiora as the president. But no sooner had he emerged than one of the contestants from Anambra, Tony Ezekwelu, raised petitions against him.The swearing-in was, therefore, suspended while the parent body set up a committee headed by one of its vice presidents to look into the complaints.

Last week, however, the petitioner, in a letter to the president-general, voluntarily and unconditionally withdrew his petitions and pleaded for the swearing-in of Obiora.

After the enlarged meeting, Ezekwelu said: “My present disposition was ushered in by my personal resolve to ensure peace, unity and faith to move the youth wing forward through a leader who enjoys overwhelming support and love of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths as clearly manifested in the result of the April general election.”

Pledging his support and loyalty to the leadership of Obiora, he apologised for the inconveniences his petition might have caused the new executive and the youth wing in general, promising to do all within his ability to move the group forward.

Other speakers at the event hailed the decision of Ezekwelu, stressing that the wing had been factionalised by the leadership lacuna.They called on the parent body to act swiftly and swear in Obiora to enable him recover the lost ground created by the petitions that trailed his election.