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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has lambasted the immediate past president of its Lagos State chapter, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, for claiming that the apex Igbo body had dumped Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, for the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
It revealed that there had just been a change in Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership in Lagos State with the election of a new executive led by Chief Sunday Ossai and said that the maker of such a deceptive claim was motivated by personal gain.
Solomon Ogbonna allegedly tried to violate the socio-cultural organization’s constitution by attempting to extend his four-year term, according to a statement released by Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, national publicity secretary, in Enugu yesterday.
According to him, Ossai, the winner of the keenly contested election conducted by a panel headed by Nze Ozichukwu, secured 380 votes while Chief Evaristus Ozonweke scored 339 votes.
He stated that the exercise was observed by Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Amb. Okey Emuchay; former President General, Prince Gary Igariwey and the President of Abia State Chapter of Ohanaeze, Okey Nwankwo, among others.
Ogbonnia said: “Information reaching the group indicates that Aguene has secured a tenure elongation from a Lagos court. This is to say the least very deplorable.
‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo therefore informs the general public that the current President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter is Chief Sunday Ossai and only the Chapter President or an authorised officer of the current Lagos State Executive has the right to speak on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter.
The general public is requested to disregard reckless statements by impostors, charlatans, unscrupulous social climbers and pretenders whose major objective is both mischievous and shady.”