Monday, 9 January 2017

OHANEZE ELECTION | Chekwas Okorie endorses Dr. Nnia Nwodo

Ahead of tomorrow’s election for the post of Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s President Gen­eral, former President of the pan-Igbo group, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has en­dorsed former Informa­tion Minister, Dr Nnia Nwodo, for the office.

In a statement he issued at the weekend, Okorie said that the choice of Nwodo for the plum job is in the greater interest of the Igbo Nation.

Okorie who doubles as the National Chairman, United Progressive Party (UPP), said that “Chief Nnia Nwodo towers head and shoulder above those who have stepped forward for the office of the
Presi­dent-General of Ohanaeze in terms of commitment and personal sacrifice to the course of the organisa­tion for several years.

He said: “I wish to state unequivocally that I be­came a member of the Igbo Forum as an under­graduate of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus in 1976. Igbo Forum was renamed Ohanaeze Ndig­bo in 1979. I have been involved in the affairs of Ohanaeze for an unbroken period of 40 years.

“I am therefore in a sound position to proffer an opinion on the proper person to be considered for the exalted office of the President-General of Ohanaeze. I venture to state without any fear of contradiction that Chief Nnia Nwodo has paid his ‘dues’ satisfactorily to Ndigbo and Ohanaeze.

Let me remind members that Chief Nnia Nwodo played a central role in supporting his elder broth­er, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, the former governor of Enugu State to donate the present National Secretar­iat of Ohanaeze complete with a Certificate of Occu­pancy.

Okorie therefore im­plored delegates to the election to make the right choice, declaring that, “I have made mine. He is Chief Nnia Nwodo.”

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