The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has debunked the reports going viral that it’s canvassing for the seat of the Senate president and that it has chosen the Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as the next senate president.
The organization slammed Okechukwu Isiguzoro, who authored a statement as the secretary-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, purportedly backing the Ebonyi State governor for senate president, saying he is an impersonator.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo who claimed it still insists on its support for the Labour Party flag bearer, Peter Obi’s mandate, denied ever congratulated president-elect Tinubu, adding that they would never endorse Governor Umahi as the next president of the 10th Senate.
The group has dissociated itself from purported Senate president slot through the national publicity secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement, reiterating its commitment to the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi to be the next president of Nigeria.
According to the statement, “The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to the reckless and mischievous publication making the rounds that ‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo canvasses for Umahi’s Senate Presidency’.
“The press statement issued by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, using the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, touted that the ‘Senate president in this dispensation should emerge from the South East of Nigeria’. A few weeks ago, it was ‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo congratulates Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’.
“Since the Ohanaeze election which was held on January 10, 2021, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has consistently reminded the general public that the secretary general of the body is Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR and that publications of any kind coming from Isiguzoro should be ignored.
“Ohanaeze was tempted to ignore the publication making the rounds on ‘canvassing for senate presidency’ but since silence may be misconstrued as giving validity to such a whimsical figment of a transactional imagination, this prompt rebuttal becomes very imperative.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has sufficient evidence to prove that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi won the presidential election that was conducted on Saturday, February 25, 2023. We also have the supreme confidence that the unfolding events at various levels will surely vindicate the just.
“It is, therefore, a huge embarrassment that while the Afenifere, the PANDEF, the Middle Belt, the Arewa, the long oppressed Nigerian youths, the international community, etc are very busy, working hard for the enthronement of social justice, equity and good governance in Nigeria and to pluck the low hanging fruit, a meddlesome interloper will present Ohanaeze Ndigbo as a group without a focus on the ball and a sell out to the irrepressible Obi-Datti Movement.
“Let it be known that Ohanaeze does not antagonize the lofty ambition or the aspiration of anybody, but the illegitimate use of the hallowed name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is both anathematic and reprehensible,” the organisation asserted.