FLASH| Okorocha Reconciles Ohaneze Ndi’Igbo (PICTURED)

At last, the crises rocking the pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has been resolved with the feuding parties agreeing to work together.
The leaders of the two fac­tions, Dr. Ralph Obioha and Chief Gray Enwo-Igariwey, were brought to a roundtable in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Monday night by Governor Rochas Okoro­cha, where they agreed to sheathe their swords.
One of the highpoints of the meeting was the acceptance of Obioha to drop his claim to the leadership of the group and allow Enwo-Igariwey to function as the authentic President-General of Ohaneze.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Sam On­wuemodo on the meeting, said the reconciliation of the two fac­tions was held on Monday night between the two leaders, members of their respective executive coun­cils and delegates from the states that make up Ohaneze, at the Gov­ernment House Owerri, with Gov­ernor Okorocha presiding.
According to him, Dr. Obi­oha dropped all claims of being the authentic President-General of Ohaneze, and declared that he and his faction had accepted the leadership of Chief Igariwey as the President-General of Ohan­eze, and Dr. Obioha’s declaration elicited jubilation in the Ndubui­si Kanu Exco Chambers, Govern­ment House, Owerri.
Among the agreements reached at the meeting are the ex­tension of Chief Igariwey’s tenure by one year with a fresh election to be conducted at the expiration of the period to elect new leaders for the association.
It was also agreed that any­one suspended from the body in the course of the squabble be­tween the two factions are to be re­called, while all the court cases oc­casioned by the dispute would be withdrawn.
Consequently, a 17-member committee was set up with Dr. Obioha as chairman to ensure the implementation of all that was agreed, including the issue of election while the governors in the South East zone will nominate one member into the committee.
Speaking on the develop­ment, Governor Okorocha ex­pressed gladness that “the Ohan­eze family is back as one. There is peace now in Ohaneze. The Ohaneze with Chief Igariwey as President-General is the umbrel­la body to champion the course of the Igbo. Today, we have proven to the world that the Igbo are their brothers’ keepers.
“The President of Ohaneze will soon address the Igbo nation. All Igbos must join hands with the Ohaneze leadership to move the Igbo nation forward. With this peace, we are going to see a new kind of support for Ohaneze. The rest of the world will hear about the Igbo nation. The jinx has been broken.
“With this peace, we are going to emphasise on the economy of the South East rather than politics. We shall make it, with God on our side. The old things have passed away and behold new things are taking place. And I want to com­mend all my brothers and sisters here for this peace in Ohaneze. This is a new Ohaneze that will move the Igbo nation forward,” Okorocha said.
Governor Okorocha said that, “the governors will be behind the leadership and the entire NEC, so that a new song will be sang in the Igbo nation. I commend the President-General for keeping the Ohaneze spirit on, despite the lack of support from the stakeholders.”
Chief Igariwey and Dr. Obio­ha, in their separate speeches, said achieving peace in the leadership of Ohaneze and reconciling the two factions should be celebrat­ed by all Igbo because the divi­sion had not augured well with the body and the interest of the Igbo in general.
They commended Governor Okorocha for ensuring that peace and unity returned to Ohaneze and assured him that they would not let Ndigbo down. They said Ohaneze would now be occupied with issues that would boost the economy of Igboland.
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