Ohanaeze Elects George Obiozor  President-General Amid Protest

By Ayo Kehinde

Prof Obiozor, fourth from left and Governor Hope Uzodinman of Imo state who sponsored and supported his candidature, raising his hand and  businessman and politician Emmanuel Iwuayanwu to Obiozor’s left, during the campaign to get Obiozor elected, recently,

The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has elected  a former Nigerian Ambassador at different times to the United States, Israel, and Cyprus, Prof. George Obiozor as its President-General. He was also a one-time Director General of the Nigeria Institute for International Affairs, NIIA, in Victoria Island Lagos.

In an election that was characterised by protest, Obiozor emerged in an election held at Dan Anyim stadium in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Sunday.

While the other candidates, boycotted the election, one of the leading contestants, Chief Chuks Ibegbu, announced his withdrawal from the race.

Ibegbu, who is the outgoing Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the body, lamented that the election process was faulty and lacked proper democratic rules of engagement.

He said, “Following obvious distortion of the proper democratic rules of engagement and feeling the pulse of the Igbo Nation, I hereby exclude myself from the Nwodo- led Ohanaeze election.

“Though I purchased the nomination form at an unacceptable sum of N300,000, regrettably the process was full of manipulation and the outcome would not be acceptable to Ndigbo.”