April 2, 2018

2019 Presidency: Ohanaeze youths tackle Nwodo over northern candidate

Nwodo, Buhari


By Anayo Okoli
—OHANAEZE Youth Wing, OYW,  is set to revolt against the President-General  of Ohanaeze , Chief John Nnia Nwodo, accusing him of plotting to throw Ndigbo into what they called “a political cul-de –sac,” by allegedly trying to unilaterally adopt a northern presidential aspirant.


OYW also accused the Ohanaeze president of running the body as a one-man business, alleging that he has rendered the office of the Secretary General of the body impotent, which they said is the engine room of the organisation and custodian of Ohanaeze Secretariat.

They claimed that he appointed a director of administration without the approval of the Ime Obi and the appointee has usurped the powers of Secretary General.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a social cultural organisation but he has converted into a political organisation as he already has a presidential candidate from the North East and is trying to impose him on Ndigbo through his  deceitful message on restructuring, and subsequently, bring his brother or one of his friends as the running mate ahead of other qualified Igbos,” OYW alleged.

Ohanaeze youths wing in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, its President General and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the Secretary General, said: “We, the Ohanaeze Youth Wing, OYW, presently at the receiving end of Nwodo’s political forays are not in a haste to adopt or support any presidential candidate to avoid a repeat of the Igbo’s mistake of 2015. Hence, we reject his moves and pressure.

“We believe in popular governance as the name Ohanaeze Ndigbo suggests and would like the Igbo leaders of thoughts and South East governors in league with Ohanaeze Ndigbo to show the way rather one man dictating the direction.”