Nigeria: Uneasy calm in Ohanaeze Ndigbo over Jonathan’s endorsement

chekwasUNEASY calm is now brewing in the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, over the recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2011 presidential election by a caucus of the organisation called Imeobi without the approval of the general assembly.

The controversy is coming on the heels of  the approval of the extension of the tenure of the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Ralph Uwache, by the same Imeobi, its highest decision making body.

It was reliably gathered that some prominent members of the organisation had concluded plans to factionalise the highest Igbo decision making body following the recent endorsement and extension of the tenure, Chief Uwache by the same Imeobi.

The Imeobi meeting presided over by Uwache had on Saturday, endorsed Ndigbo’s support for the presidential bid of Dr  Jonathan.

It also approved the extension of the tenure of the president-general of Ohanaeze and its executive by two years.

But, the developments had continued to generate negative reactions from members of the organisation.

Reacting to the endorsement, immediate past president-general  of the organisation, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, described the action as “premature and hasty”,  insisting that it was too early “because a socio-cultural organisation like Ohanaeze  cannot endorse an aspirant when the person’s  political party has not done so.”

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