A one-time commissioner for information and strategy in Imo State, Engr Chidi Ibeh, has emerged factional President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Ibeh, a holder of national award, Member of the Federal Republic, MFR, emerged during a parallel election organised by the Prince Richard Ozobu-led election committee.
Also elected were Dimm Uche Okwukwu, Deputy President General. Okwukwu from Rivers State is the incumbent Secretary-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro from Abia State was elected Secretary General.
Ozobu told journalists on Saturday that the election was held in Enugu under strict observance of COVID-19 protocol.
“We promised to give Ndigbo credible election and that is what we have done.
“A new leadership of Ohanaeze has emerged and it was in compliance with the constitution of Ohanaeze. We met all the requirements.
“We are still collating results for other seats, but the key leadership positions are ready. It started late last night and was concluded this morning. Many delegates participated through zoom because of ban on large gathering owing to COVID-19.
“The rest of the National Ohanaeze Executive election results will be released after further verifications to ensure that the constitutional provisions were fully met,” Ozobu stated.
The election of the mainstream Ohanaeze, according to reports, was also taking place in Imo State, under the committee being chaired by Chief Garri Igariwey.
In another development, Dr. Chris Asoluka quit the race for the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
In a statement, he wrote:
Recall that in my release of 8/1/2021 I pointed out certain anomalies in the handling of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo 2021 election process with hope that NEC would intervene to summon emergency Imeobi to redeem the situation.
It is now obvious that either NEC does not possess the will to rescue our dear Ohanaeze or it is complicit.
I hereby notify all of my decision not to participate any further.
I thank Ndigbo and my supporters while reassuring all of my sincere appreciation for the love, goodwill, time and support.
May we all stay safe and may 2021 be our year of good health and recovery of lost glory.
Dr. Chris Asoluka,