By AustinOgwuda & Francis Igata
FIREBRAND Chairman, United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, yesterday, took a swipe on the leadership of the Ohaneze N’digbo for taking a position not to allow candidates of Igbo extraction to contest the 2015 presidential election.
Speaking at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Enugu, Okorie described such arrangement of not being interested in the participation to produce the next President as a betrayal of the Igbo people that should be condemned outrightly
Recall that President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Chief Enwo Igariwey was recently quoted in some national dailies saying that “Ohaneze Ndigbo is not interested in the participation of Ndigbo to produce the President of Nigeria in the 2015 Presidential election”.
Lambasting the Ohaneze, the UPP National Chairman said “it is heart-rending, unkindest thing I have ever heard in my 38 years of active involvement in Igbo rights crusade. No Igbo leader occupying the exalted office of President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has gone this far in betraying the Igbo people.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo”, he went on, “was designed as a non-partisan socio-cultural pan-Igbo organization, for propagation, promotion and preservation of Igbo cultural heritage, education, economic and welfare of Igbo People in Nigeria and the Diaspora.