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Ohanaeze Crisis: Okorocha’s Peace Deal Collapses

Posted: May 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Emmanuel Nzomiwu



Strong indications emerged at the weekend that the peace deal brokered by Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, between the two factions of Ohanaeze Ndigbo may have collapsed.

On Saturday, the faction led by Chief Ralph Obioha accused the Chief Enwo Igariwey executive of impeding the work of the 17-member constitution and electoral committee set up to harmonize the group.

The committee, headed by Chief Obioha to midwife the constitution and conduct election into the apex Igbo body, was part of resolutions reached in Owerri, Imo State, recently.

The committee at the weekend accused the Igariwey-led executive of insisting on no-go areas, which included issue of tenure of office of Ohanaeze executive committees as well as disputing the mandate of the committee.

However, Dr Joe Nworgu, Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said he would not respond to the allegations.

Rising from their meeting in Enugu however, the Obioha committee called on the lgariwey group to return to all the agreed terms and commit to full implementation.

A statement from the meeting signed by Chief Obioha, Chief Oyibo Chukwu, Senator Offia Nwali and others said: “The meeting finally urges a principled implementation of all the terms of the peace agreement.

“That in view of the urgent necessity and compelling need for Chief Ralph Obioha, the leader of the Ohanaeze Caretaker committee to travel overseas, the meeting appointed Senator Dr Offia Nwali to act in his stead and deputize for him pending his return to the country.”

It called on the South-East governors to as a matter of urgency, send voluteers to the constitution/electoral committees to enable it discharge its functions effectively.