Ohanaeze backs Uzodinma as Imo governor, threaten members unauthorised statements

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From Chris Oji, Enugu and Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa

Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Tuesday warned its officers against making unauthorised statements on its behalf.

Its Deputy spokesman, Chuks Ibegbu, said only the President-General and the publicity unit are permitted to speak for the body.

Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Uche Okwukwu, had on Monday appealed to parties in Imo State to accept the Supreme Court’s judgment in good fate.

“Ndigbo are happy and thankful to God that Uzodinma emerged victoriously.

“We are mindful of our position in Nigeria… Ohanaeze Ndigbo is of the strong opinion that it is in the interest of Ndigbo to embrace the programmes and policies of the APC-led government in Imo State,” Okwukwu was quoted as saying.
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But, Ibegbu said the apex socio-cultural organisation would sanction any officer who purports to make a statement on its behalf.

He said: “Some elements have been going about making statements that are embarrassing to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and purporting them to come from Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”

According to him, all the actors in Imo “are Igbo sons and daughters and we hope the situation will be normal soon”.

“It’s only the President General or the Publicity unit of the body that are authorised to make public statements on such issues and no other person.

“Disciplinary measures would be taken against anybody who makes any unauthorised comments or statements on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on the Imo issue,” the spokesman said.

Also yesterday, a retired Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Desmond Agu, warned against heating up the Imo polity.

He said once a matter had been decided by the highest court in the land, the issue could only become a reference point in subsequent litigations.

He urged the people to support their new governor.

Agu appealed to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members to sheathe their swords and work for the collective interest of the state, having exhausted all available legal options.

The Ama-Imo in Ehime Mbano indigene said Imo was in dire need of development.

Speaking with The Nation in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Agu asked protesters and others aggrieved by the judgement to see the development in Imo as not just justice but also an act of God.

He said: “The state is begging for development and good governance and we believe that Uzodimma has brought that lost hope to the state. What he needs is our support and prayers and not needless protest.”

“Our new governor should know that we need development and that a lot is expected of him. Real governance died in the state after the administration of former Governor Sam Mbakwe

“We believe that Uzodimma will resurrect real and expected governance in the state. For most of us in Imo, what the Supreme Court has done is justice. It is also an act of God because leadership comes from God.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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