By Innocent Onoja
Nnewi—The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Women wing weekend, expressed displeasure over the press statement credited to the President of Ohanaeze youth wing, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, which alleged that Governor Rochas Okorocha was plotting to hijack the apex Igbo umbrella union for his alleged 2019 political ambition, and that the ongoing construction at the secretariat at 7, Park Avenue, GRA, Enugu,was part of the carrot dangled at the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo headed by Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey.
Leader of Ohanaeze women wing worldwide, Mrs. Calista Adimachukwu in a statement posited that her investigations showed that the so-called press statement was the work of the enemies and detractors of Ndigbo and was fabricated to tarnish the image of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Governor Okorocha.
“To the best of my knowledge, that statement was forged and did not emanate from the Ohanaeze youth president. The truth of the matter is that there was a crisis in Ohanaeze which led to the formation of Chief Ralph Obioha’s faction. The crisis became so much at some point, which made me to decide to do something about it as a mother. I had to visit some prominent Igbo sons who could reconcile the conflicting groups including Governor Okorocha, who was the only person that responded because of his love for the Igbo.
“When I paid him (Okorocha) a visit, I gave him kolanut and begged him to do something about the Ohanaeze Ndigbo crisis which he positively accepted.
“Governor Okorocha’s involvement in the reconciliation brought peace and harmony to the conflicting parties. Prior to that day, Okorocha was never interested in the affairs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. We were the ones that begged him to do something meaningful for Ohanaeze Ndigbo. It was as result of our effort that he decided to construct a secretariat for Ohanaeze Ndigbo with his personal money, as a sign of goodwill and not because he was interested in 2019 presidential election. Besides, he has made it known that he is not interested in the 2019 presidential election.”