A former Minister of Information and presidential aspirant, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has emerged as the new Ohanaeze Ndigbo President.
He defeated Professor Chiweyite Ejike, a former vice chancellor, Anambra State University of Science and Technology.
Nwodo’s emergence followed the group election on Wednesday involving delegates from seven Igbo speaking states. He would replace Chief Gary Igariwey, whose four-year tenure as president has elapsed.
The election which took place at the GRA Enugu Secretariat, surprisingly recorded the absence of former military administrator, Commodore Alison Madueke, who was considered a major contender in the election. But he failed to show up for screening.
Few minutes to the election proper, two candidates for the office of president, Professor Simon Otuanya and Chief Joel Ezeugwu announced they were stepping down and urged their supporters to vote for Nwodo.
Nwodo eventually emerged winner of the election defeating his only remaining challenger Professor Chiweyite.
Nwodo will be confronted with the challenges of bringing good leadership qualities to bear on the handling of the agitations by some groups in the region to secede from Nigeria, the complaints of marginalisation of the people by the Federal Government and disunity among Igbo groups, which Ohanaeze itself is not totally free from.
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