Dr. Sam Egwu
Former Minister of Education and immediate past governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu, has denied nursing any ambition to contest or becoming the next president of the Igbo pan socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo.
The clarification came as the former governor called on Igbos to get their acts right if they really aspire to produce the next president of the country in 2015.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Eric Igwe, the former governor of Ebonyi State for eight years said, “Recently, the print media has amplified the rumour making the rounds about the successor of the incumbent president general of Ohanaeze, the apex body of the socio-cultural organisation of Ndigbo. Chief Ralph Uwuechue who is expected to vacate office at the expiration of his tenure as president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and Ebonyi State will be the next state in Igbo land to produce a successor to that office.
“The name of Dr. Sam Ominyi Egwu has featured prominently as the next president. He was the first executive governor of Ebonyi State and the immediate past Minister of Education under President Umaru Yar’Adua. But, let it be said that he is not interested in becoming the next president of Ohanaeze, ” Egwu’s aide said.
He however advised the South-east to put its house in order, if it is to be taken serious to be considered to produce the next president of the country. “The Igbo, if they must get their political rhythm right should first get their house in order, especially in this era that they are clamouring for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction by 2015, ” he said.