By Tony Edike
ENUGU—THE apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the court action instituted against its President General, Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, by some aggrieved members of the organisation.
The organisation demanded that the court case be withdrawn immediately by the plaintiffs and mandated Ndieze (council of chiefs) to take up the issue of court action against Ohanaeze Ndigbo and settle all matters relating to the lawsuit in-house.
These resolutions were contained in a communique issued at the end of Ime-Obi (inner caucus) meeting at the weekend in Ohanaeze’s national secretariat in Enugu, signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Ralph Ndigwe and Vice President-General, Dr Selina Adibua.
According to the communique, “Imeobi met in full session in Enugu on Friday December 14, 2012 to receive the annual report and report of the electoral committee.
“The President-General’s report was unanimously adopted with a standing ovation, exhaustively discussed and it was agreed that all actionable issues stated therein should be executed. Imeobi adopted the following resolutions:
“Imeobi appreciated in glorious terms, the achievements of Ohanaeze under Ambassador Ralph Uwechue and commended the Uwechue NEC for unprecedented and unrivaled achievements, viz a viz bringing unity to Ndigbo, repositioning Ohanaeze as a structural power base for Ndigbo comparable to the then Igbo union and clarity of thoughts and intellectual direction on issues based on historical facts.
“Imeobi received the report of the National Executive Committee (NEC), adopted and approved the guidelines. The National election should take place on or before 15th of January 2013 at the Ohanaeze National Secretariat Enugu while handover/takeover shall take place by 31st of January 2013.”
On the Ohanaeze Foundation and Ohanaeze Center for Effective Leadership, the President-General was commended for recovering the registration certificates while Imeobi directed that any outstanding issue arising from the foundation should be treated after the election.
Imeobi therefore unequivocally condemned the resort to court actions on Ohanaeze affairs as anti Igbo and a betrayal of Igbo people.
It demanded that the court case be withdrawn immediately by the plaintiffs and mandated Ndieze (council of chiefs) to take up the issue of court actions against Ohanaeze Ndigbo and settle all matters pertaining to the law suits in-house.