By Tony Edike
ENUGU—THE Imeobi (Inner caucus) of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has formally ratified the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for the 2011 presidential election, insisting that his choice was the outcome of five months consultation with a wide spectrum of Ndigbo in Nigeria and the Diaspora.
President General of Ohanaeze, Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, who made this known while presenting the communiqué of the Imeobi meeting held in Enugu weekend, also said the meeting approved the extension of the tenure of Ohanaeze’s executive from two to four years, beginning from the current executive.
Uwechue, who defended his earlier decision to announce the endorsement of Jonathan without the approval of Imeobi and the General Assembly of Ohanaeze, said that following the wide consultations by a group of eminent Igbo leaders on the 2011 presidency, it became pertinent to make the position of the organization known, pending its ratification by the enlarged meeting of the body.
… As Clarke hails Ohanaeze on Jonathan
By Dennis Agbo
NSUKKA—FIRST Republic politician and former Minister for Information, Chief Edwin Clarke, has commended the apex socio-cultural organization of the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, for endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan as a candidate all Igbo should support and vote for in 2011 presidential election.
Clarke said that by the singular gesture, the Igbo had re-demonstrated an acknowledgment of the old tie between the South East and South-South that he described as one entity only separated by delineations for convenience of political administration.
Clarke, who spoke at Nsukka, Enugu State, weekend, at the declaration of Mrs. Chinwe Ugwu for House of Representative, said in reality, President Jonathan could not be separated from the Igbo, noting that it was very possible for President Jonathan’s successor by 2015 to come from the South East.