The crisis rocking the apex Igbo socio-political body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, escalated on Sunday as the youth wing of the association, Ohanaeze Youth Council, announced the ‘suspension’ of the President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
The leadership of the women wing of association was part of the decision to suspend Nwodo, according to a statement made available to journalists in Enugu.
The development came on the heel of the announcement of plans by the National Executive Council of Ohanaeze to conduct elections into executive positions of the youth and women wings.
The Nwodo-led NEC is insisting that the Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro-led youth wing had been disbanded by the Ime-Obi, Ohanaeze’s highest decision making organ, in 2016 while the tenure of the women wing had expired in 2017.
Before announcing Nwodo’s suspension on Sunday, the Ohanaeze Youth Council had, on April 2, 2018, passed a vote of no confidence in Nwodo, and demanded his appearance before a ‘disciplinary committee’ over a number of allegations levelled against him.
The Ohanaeze youth wing led by Isiguzoro, accused Nwodo of running the apex Igbo socio-political body as a ‘one-man show.’
Claiming that Nwodo was parading himself as a ‘Generalisimo,’ they alleged that the former minister was using the office to further his political ambition.
The OYC insinuated that Nwodo was working for the presidential ambition of a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, for whom, they claimed, he was positioning one of his brothers as the running mate.
They equally accused Nwodo of ‘illegality,’ noting that, contrary to the rules of the organisation, he was using a Forum of States’ Presidents (presidents of Ohanaeze state chapters) to override the Ohanaeze NEC.
The OYC further frowned on the appointment of a Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, by Nwodo, as well as the appointment of a Director of Administration, which they said were done without the approval of the Ime-Obi, the organisation’s highest decision making organ.
Accusing the Ohanaeze President-General of autocracy, the youth leaders added, “He (Nwodo) has closed down the Publicity Department of Ohanaeze by not giving the Publicity Department the liberty which the spokesman for Afenifere enjoys, rather he (Nwodo) is now the President-General and the Publicity Secretary using his media aide against the official spokesmen of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.