By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU- DISPUTE has followed Saturday’s election of the leadership for new executive vice of Ohanaeze Ndigbo women wing.
The controversy arose from an alleged earlier endorsement of Prof Julie Umukoro from Ndokwa East in Delta state as the unopposed candidate for Deputy National Woman leader that was zoned to Delta state.
However, at the election venue, two other candidates presumed to had agreed on the unanimous candidature of Mmukoro stood for the election with one of them, Mrs. Elizabeth Chiazor emerging winner.
A report of the harmonization committee for the Delta state delegates showed the endorsement of Prof. Umukoro which the the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo had asked the electoral committee to comply with.
Meanwhile, the wife of a former deputy Governor of Abia state, Dr. Gladys Nwafor emerged, unopposed, as the woman leader of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group in a peaceful election conducted at the national Secretariat of Ohanaeze in Enugu.
Similarly, Mr. Arthur Obiora on Friday night emerged national youth leader of Ohanaeze Youths Council, OYC.
Obiora from Anambra state polled a total of 147 votes against 187 to emerge as the Igbo youth leader.
The defunct leadership of the Ohanaeze Youths wing led by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro had a running battle with the Ohanaeze national leadership that brought about their dissolution by the previous Ohanaeze leadership of Garry Igariwey.
Obiora defeated two other candidates to emerge new chairman of the council.
The Keenlly but peaceful contested national election started with accreditation of delegates from the seven Igbo speaking states of Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers states.
Reacting to the result, Special Adviser, media to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Emeka Attama said with election, the positions of the Youth wing which had been vacant since 2016 have now been filled.
“This has put to rest once and for all the issue of leadership of the Youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo charge them that the principle of be thy neighbour’s keeper should be adhered to and I urge them to always work on concert with the parent body of Ohanaeze for the progress and development of Igbo land,” said Attama.