Pan-Igbo organisation elects new leader

Ben Adam Shemang and Martha Ebere Obi, Abuja

Dr. John Nwodo won the keenly contested election with over 200 votes.

Former Nigerian minister of Information, Dr John Nwodo has been elected as the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a Pan Igbo Socio-Cultural Organisation in South-east of Nigeria.

In his acceptance speech, the President General said he would take everyone along while ensuring that the region witnesses development as he plans to persuade people to invest more in the region.

Dr Nwodo observed that there are more investments by Igbo people outside Igboland than inside Igboland, a trend he said needs to be corrected in order to engage the youths in gainful employments.

The former Minister promised that with a team of his officials who are seasoned Nigerians; they will serve the people diligently as the officials will also work in unity of purpose.

“I will not slumber in service,” he said, “but I need the cooperation of all to succeed,” he appealed.

Keen contest
Dr Nwodo won the keenly contested election by 242 votes thereby beating his fellow contestant, Professor Ejike Chiweyite, a former Vice Chancellor of Anambra State University of Science and Technology, who got 13 votes.

Three other contestants for the post of President General of the social organisation had earlier withdrawn from the contest.

The new executives of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo are, Mr Hilary Opara, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Nigerian Police, who won as Deputy President General, Mr Uche Okwukwu became Secretary General of the Association and Emeka Ogwu was elected Treasurer.