Ohanaeze Ndigbo, through its highest decision making organ, the Imeobi, has approved the expulsion of its estranged Secretary General, Mr. Uche Okwukwu, and the former President of the Youth Wing, Mr. Chris Isiguzoro.
The expulsion of the duo was made known by the National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze, Prince Uche Achi-Okpaga, in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He said the motion to expel the two gentlemen was moved by the President of Anambra chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Damian Okeke, at the recently concluded meeting of Imeobi at the Ohanaeze Headquarters in Enugu.
According to him, Okeke stated that both Okwukwu and Isiguzoro “now constitute unmitigated embarrassment to the organisation through their actions and utterances and should be expelled.”
Furthermore, he said “Chief Okeke gave an instance of Mr. Okwukwu’s intransigence in his repudiation of the unanimously adopted stand of Ndigbo to endorse the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential elections, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, and his unguarded utterances against the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“He also recounted how Mr. Okwukwu invaded Ohanaeze NEC meeting with truckloads of fierce-looking and battle ready mobile policemen and insisted he was still the National Secretary General even after he had been suspended, to the utter consternation of NEC members.”
The Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary also disclosed that “on Mr Isiguzoro, Okeke enumerated several times Isiguzoro issued press statements that were in contradiction to the stand of Ohanaeze Ndigbo long after he had ceased to be the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, his tenure having expired more than three years ago.”
Continuing, the statement said: “Seconding the motion, the Deputy National Treasurer, Eric Ebeh, concurred that the two persons constitute an embarrassing nuisance to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and should be expelled to avoid further intemperate actions from them.
“Chief Ebeh added that both Okwukwu and Isiguzoro should be warned to desist from parading themselves as members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“In a unanimous decision, the Imeobi of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide approved the expulsion of Messers Uche Okwukwu and Chris Isiguzoro and asked members of the public to discountenance any further press releases and utterances from the discredited individuals.”