AHEAD of the election of a new national leadership of the Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, five notable aspirants have indicated interest to lead the group.
The aspirants are former secretary general of the body, Dr Joe Nworgu; former Imo State Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Chidi Osuagwu; ex-Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. George Obiozor; Chief Chris Asoluka; and Chief Goddy Uwazulike.
Although, the Imo State Government has reportedly endorsed Obiozor for the job, checks by The PUNCH revealed that no candidate endorsed or openly supported by any government had ever emerged the President-General of Ohanaeze since the history of the organisation.
But speaking with our correspondent, Nworgu described the purported endorsement of Obiozor by the Imo State as neither here nor there, pointing out that the Ohanaeze’s constitution abhorred endorsement or selection of candidates.
Nworgu, who served as the deputy secretary general of the body from 2000 to 2004 and secretary general from 2013 to 2017, said the constitution of Ohanaeze stated that there must be a minimum of three candidates for the election to allow Ndigbo worldwide to make a choice of who would lead them.
He added, “All interested persons from that state will be a minimum of three persons (i.e.) those who are interested; even if they are hundred, they will be in context. The decision to make it mandatory that there must be at least a minimum of three candidates is to enable Ndigbo worldwide to make a choice.”
On why he wanted to lead the organisation after he had served as deputy secretary general and secretary general, Nworgu said, “I am in the race because we had some crossroads and the race requires someone who has had apprenticeship in Ohanaeze.”