Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, yesterday, declared that the apex Igbo body has not endorsed any candidate in next month’s presidential election.
Okwukwu, who is a legal practitioner, told Daily Sun in a telephone interview that what took place at Nike Hotel, Enugu, last Thursday, where the controversial endorsement communiqué of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as heemanated from, could not be considered as valid Imeobi meeting of Ohanaeze.
His bombshell came just as the Anambra State government has said the grouse with Ohanaeze has nothing to do with the vice presidential candidature of the immediate past governor of the state, Peter Obi, but the body’s lack of respect for the great Zik of Africa, late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
He said: “What I said and I want to be recorded is that the Imeobi that was held on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Nike Lake cannot be considered to be valid.
“Major stakeholders were not present, there was no state governor, there was no speaker of any assembly and there was no senator.
“And more painful is that the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, David Umahi, had earlier agreed with the president general for the Imeobi meeting to be put at 6:00p.m or 7:00p.m, and he announced that, only to use the voice vote to bring down the time to four o’clock. And, later, before 6:00p.m, some of the major stakeholders arrived.
“Now, I’m the secretary, you cannot issue a communiqué without the signatory of the secretary.
“The procedure to come up with a communiqué is that there is a communiqué drafting committee, the committee drafts the communiqué and they subject it to ratification by vote, none of that took place.”
Meanwhile, Ohaneze Ndigbo, South West chapter, has demanded public apology from governor Obiano over an alleged statement disparaging Chief Nwodo.
Obiano had reportedly said Ohanaeze’s endorsement of the duo of Atiku and Obi for the 2019 general election is idiotic.