Elder statesman and Chairman of the Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, Professor Ben Nwabueze, SAN, and his deputy, Professor Chiweyite Ejike, have distanced themselves and the ILT from any courtroom case searching for to nullify the election of the Chief John Nnia Nwodo-led newly elected Ohanaeze government.
Professor Ejike, was one of many candidates for the president-basic publish and misplaced to Chief Nwodo on the ballot held on Tuesday.
A day after the election, the ILT, reportedly represented by Chief Enechi Onyia, SAN, was mentioned to have lodged a authorized continuing towards the election of the brand new executives, insisting that the previous govt committee of the group led by Chief Enwo Igariwey had no locus to conduct the election that produced Nwodo. It argued that the tenure of the Igariwey-led govt had expired two years in the past, that the Igariwey-led govt was served the court docket course of on December 22, 2016 nevertheless it was defiant and went forward to conduct the election.
The courtroom course of lodged in an Enugu state excessive courtroom presided over by Justice A. O. Onovo, fastened March 1, 2017, as a date to begin listening to on the validity of the Chief Igariwey-led government to have carried out the election.
Nonetheless, in a press assertion and phone chat, Professors Nwabueze and Ejike stated they aren’t conscious of the swimsuit and haven’t any hand in it.
Quoting the experiences, Nwabueze, in an announcement stated: ‘’We hereby state categorically that, till we learn the above information experiences, we had been unaware of any such court docket motion or of any plan or intention to institute similar. Neither I, as Chairman of The Igbo Leaders of Thought nor Professor Ejike (a candidate on the stated election), as Deputy Chairman, knew something concerning the court docket motion. Neither did we authorise anybody or group to institute such a go well with on behalf and/or within the identify of Igbo Leaders of Thought. The stories within the two newspapers are thus utterly false and unfounded in addition to downright mischievous and malicious. We’re but to get copies of the originating processes within the case, with the intention to discover out who the actual plaintiffs within the courtroom motion are and their names.
We hereby disassociate the Igbo Leaders of Thought and ourselves as its Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively from the mentioned court docket motion and from the false newspaper stories.
‘’After the collection of crises which have riven our Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo wants a respiration house to attempt to restore the harm of the previous and to reposition itself for the longer term below a brand new management.
‘’We’ll wish to clear the unlucky misunderstanding of our place. For the needs of the now concluded election, we thought it in one of the best curiosity of Ndigbo that there ought to be a real contest for the workplace of President-Basic at an election pretty carried out and at which there can be an equal taking part in subject for all of the candidates. We thought-about this a respectable place to take.’’
Talking in like method, Ejike informed Gistnation on cellphone: ‘’The report is stunning to me. It’s completely false. We (ILT) don’t have any case in courtroom towards Ohanaeze and didn’t ask any lawyer to symbolize us. Why ought to we? Professor Nwabueze is our chief and chairman and a lawyer. We don’t have a greater individual than him. I hope the incorrect impression will likely be corrected. I introduced myself for the Ohanaeze election and Ndigbo have made their resolution. All we’d like now to affix forces to maneuver Ndigbo ahead.’’
Discussion board duties new management on non partisanship
In the meantime, Ndigbo Unity Discussion board, NUF, an Igbo socio cultural group has tasked the Chief Nwodo-led newly elected management of Ohanaeze not be partisan and to all the time stand for fairness and justice.
NUF additionally tasked the brand new govt tojoin palms with the governors in all of the Igbo talking states which are members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and different stakeholders within the area in formulating insurance policies that can revive Igbo tradition and language.
In a congratulatory assertion collectively signed by its President, Augustine Chukwudum and Secretary-Normal, Chinedu Onyebuchi, the NUF described the election that produced the brand new Ohanaeze govt as free and honest, including, “we commend everyone related to Ohanaeze Ndigbo whose effort, in somehow, contributed in the direction of reaching a rancour-free election that produced Chief Nnia Nwodo and different members of the chief”.
S’East PDP pledges assist for Nwodo exco
Additionally, the South East chapter of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP, yesterday congratulated Ndigbo, the brand new management of Ohanaeze and Nwodo.
Nationwide Vice Chairman of the PDP, South-East, Chief Austin Umahi, stated with the emergence of Nwodo as Ohanaeze president-normal, Ndigbo a brand new Igbo order has been born.
He wrote Nwodo: “Along with your emergence because the President Common of the Apex Socio-Cultural group, an umbrella physique uniting all Igbo and Igbo talking states throughout the nation, we will now consider that Ndigbo have come to a degree of self willpower.
”It’s subsequently on this be aware that I write on behalf of the PDP within the zone to congratulate you in your election because the chief and in addition urge you to maintain the curiosity of Ndigbo on the uppermost a part of your coronary heart.”
“PDP as a celebration is desirous of getting a strong synergy together with your workplace on the Ime-Obi, to allow us chart a brand new trigger for Igbo survival and existence. Within the face of apparent challenges staring us within the face as a folks, we imagine that a new period has are available in Igbo land and we’ve got come to the extent of tenaciously holding on to our widespread inheritance and striving more durable to keep up our lead in all aspects of life particularly in political, social and financial sectors utilizing unity as a weapon.”
Umahi additional counseled the management and urged them to companion with state governors within the zone to enthrone self-discipline and save the dying Igbo tradition and language from going into extinction.
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