The newly elected President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Barr John Nnia Nwodo, has dismissed rumours of faction within the organization.
It could be re-called that some prominent Igbo leaders had approached the court seeking a nullification of the election.
However, Nwodo, who spoke during his first official assignment as the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide at the swearing-in ceremony and inauguration of the Enugu state executives of the organization, said Ndigbo were united.
“There is no faction among Ndigbo. We are united for a common cause. We cannot afford to fail and we shall support you in carrying out your agenda for the Igbo nation”, he said.
“For the first time we had a peaceful national election that went viral like never before. President Buhari, Afenifere, Arewa Consultative Forum, past heads of states, governors, church leaders and other groups called to congratulate me and lend a hand of support and partnership to work with us. The increased national attention will increase national expectation from us”, he added.
Nwodo said that the patience of Igbos has reached the “elastic has reached its limits.”
The out-going Chairman of Ohaneze in the state, Mr Eric Ebeh, expressed appreciation for the support he received while serving his tenure and promised to support the new state executive to move the organization forward.
In his acceptance speech, Chief Alex Ogbonna, the newly inaugurated Chairman acknowledged that the task ahead of him was daunting.
He promised to have a good working relationship with the President-General to move the organization forward.
“The position is very tough but I am happy that we have a capable leader who will chart the course for us and show us direction in implementing the Igbo agenda. We shall work together and ensure transparency in our positions”, he said.
He further urged all and sundry to think of what they can do for Ohaneze instead of what Ohaneze can do for them.
The newly inaugurated 20 state executives include; Prof, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, from Awgu, (chairman), Prof Frederick Eze from Udenu local government, (Deputy President), Chief Sam Okonkwo from Nkanu West local Government (Secretary), Oliver Odenigbo from Uzo-Uwani local Government (Assistant Secretary), Fidelis Ojobor from Igbo-Eze North local Government (Treasurer), Sir Ignatius Achu from Ezeagu local government (Assistant Treasurer), Obinna Onyia from Udi local Government (Financial Secretary), Damian Obisi from Nkanu East local Government (Assistant Financial Secretary), Nnaji Celestine from Enugu South local Government (Organizing Secretary), Okolo Godwin from Enugu East local Government (Publicity Secretary), Kevin Chukwu from Aninri local Governmen, (Assistant Publicity Secretary).
Others are; Ede Chukwuma from Isiuzo local Government (Legal Adviser), Ezeugwu Ben from Nsukka local Government (Assistant Legal Adviser), Ephraim Oluedo from Oji River local Government (Assistant Organizing Secretary), Prof Fab Onah Obeta from Igbo-Eze South local Government (Auditor), Agbowo Romanus from Nkanu East local Government (Ex-Officio, East), Ede Livinus Uche from Igbo-Etiti local Government (Ex-Officio, North) and Anyaene Kenneth Chukwuma local Government (Ex-Officio, West).