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Prof. Obiozor emerges new Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s PG - ITREALMS

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Former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States and professor of international affairs, Prof. George Achulike Obiozor, on Sunday emerged the new President-General of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, reports 
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Prof. Obiozor replaces the immediate past president, Chief John Nwodo whose tenure ended at the weekend.
ITREALMS gathered that Prof. Obiozor polled some 304 votes to defeat four other candidates in the election held at the Dan Anyim Stadium in Owerri, Imo State.

The election was witnessed by governors Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), and Hope Uzodinma (Imo).

The Ohanaeze election was marred by controversy with several groups and individual faulting the processes leading to the exercise.

A group had late last year challenged the choice of Owerri as venue of the election.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, also faulted the composition of the electoral committee for the Ohanaeze election.

In a press statement issued by his media office on December 7 last year, the minister alleged that the 40-member electoral committee was dominated by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He described the list as “a product of non-inclusive process, overtly partisan and incapable of delivering an election that will be credible and acceptable to all.”

“In Anambra State for instance, key stakeholders were not all consulted leading to a skewed process that threw up politicians, who were leaders in the campaign organization of a presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections and who has made no disguise of his intention to re-contest.

“I was, for example, not consulted just like some other critical stakeholders in the selection process as a former Governor and Senator from Anambra who has been making immense contributions to reposition the Ohanaeze Ndigbo since 1991.”

During a distinguished career in public service, Obiozor was the Nigerian high commissioner to Cyprus and later Nigerian ambassador to Israel, from 1999 to 2003 as well as Nigerian ambassador to the United States, from 2004 to 2008.

Elected as the President General of Ohaneze ndi Igbo on Sunday 9th January,2021, a socio-cultural group was formed to cater for the welfare of the Igbo tribe from Nigeria.

Nonye Dom/Editor

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