By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday announced the suspension of the organisationâ€™s President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.
The latest stance of the youth group said to have long been disbanded by the parent body, has further deepened the disagreement that is gradually building up in the socio-cultural body.Â The suspension which was contained in a statement sent to journalists in Enugu, was signed by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President, Ohanaeze Youth Wing; Okwu Nnabuike, Secretary General, Ohanaeze Youth Wing; Obinna Adibe, National Public Relations Officer, Ohanaeze Youth Wing, and one Mrs. Calista N. Adimachukwu, President General,Â Ohanaeze Igbo Women Organisation.
The youth wing had last week passed a no confidence vote on Nwodo and also served him seven-day ultimatum to appear before a disciplinary committee to answer allegationsÂ levelled against him which mainly border on running a one-man show, lack of transparency and engaging in partisanship.
However, instead of responding to the issues raised by the group, the parent body announced that elections would be conducted for the disbanded Ohanaeze Youth Wing and Ohanaeze Women Wing on April 20 and 21 respectively.
Apparently irked by the position of the organisation, the Youth wing led by Isiguzoro, announced that with the seven-day ultimatum given to Nwodo havingÂ expired without any response as directed, they had no other option than to suspend him from office.Â â€œHaving failed to appear before the seven-man panel to clear himself of all the weighty gross breaches of office and constitution of Ohanaaeze Ndigbo, we take the investigative panelâ€™s submission that by so doing, he seems to have nothing to prove wrong as catalogued against him by Ohanaeze Youth Wing;,Nwodo is hereby suspended and should not be seen around Ohanaeze Ndigbo secretariat nor operate by proxy! He remains suspended!Â
â€œThat Nwodoâ€™s Ohanaeze Ndigbo, misrepresented, is now calling for elections in both Ohanaeze Youth and Women wings with promising threats of selling forms to gullible aspirants is another political mischief showing gross case of maladministration and intolerance of opposing views with the sole intent to dismember the youth and women wings, more.
Â â€œWhile this remains condemnable, we shall resist this Nwodoâ€™s sham with the last drops of our bloods till Ohanaeze Ndigbo is rescued and reorganised with a National Acting Steering Committee in-charge, and we call upon the Igbo leaders of thoughts especially the mature minds and notable among others, Ime Obi, Ohanaeze leaders namely Prof Ben Nwabueze, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, Prof Amuche Azi, Dr. Kate Onwe, Chief Ralph Obioha, Chief Obi Nwaka, Isaac Wowu, Richard Ozobu, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu to come to Ohanaze Ndigboâ€™s rescue.â€
In a swift reaction, Nwodo who spoke through his Media Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, dismissed the suspension as a huge joke, wondering who between the main body and the youth wing has the authority to suspend each other.