Ahead of the January election of Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. Promise Okoro, of the University of Abuja and a member of the inner caucus of the regional organisation has warned that imposition of candidates by any South-East leader or leaders would fractionalize and inject bad blood into the organization.
Okoro maintained that Ohaneze as a socio- cultural organization that unites ndigbo worldwide cannot afford to be fractured or divided at the critical time with 2023 general election in view. He stressed that leaders should desist from acts capable of generating bad blood, divisions and acrimonies among the people.
In a press released by the pioneer secretary of South-East Peoples Assembly on Saturday said that even though the position of President General had been zoned to Imo State, no group or individual with vested interest should be allowed to impose a candidiate on Imo people in particular and Igbo nation in general.
Okoro said, “Article 11B of Ohaneze constitution is very clear and explicit on how a President General of Ohaneze Ohaneze Ndigbo would emerge. It is not just an imo State affair but rather the entire States that make up Ohaneze must participate and elect a candidiate of their choice and by this Imo State is expected by Ohaneze constitution to produce not more than three aspirants for the position.
The Ohaneze chieftain pointed out that a level playing ground should be given to all the aspirants, stressing that the regional organisation demands a free, fair and credible election rather than coronation.
The convener of Njikota Igbo worldwide said, “It is even wrong to talk of ‘consensus’ candidiate when there is no contention among the Imo aspirants, and worse still , Imeobi Ohaneze has neither met nor set up an electoral committee yet people are talking of Joseph and Pharoah connections.”
Alluding to some leaders in Imo State who were bent on imposing a candidate on the people, Okoro said that the candidate that would emerge as the President General of Ohaneze must not be a ‘Joseph’ that knows ‘Pharoah’. He said that endorsing or ‘coronating’ one person out of several qualified others would be unacceptable and an invitation to crisis.