President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has disowned a purported leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Wing.
Nwodo was reacting to the alleged “suspension” slammed on him, by the youth wing, during the weekend.
Yesterday, Nwodo said the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation had no leadership for now and so, could not have served a vote of no confidence on him.
Nwodo, who reacted through his Special Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, described them as “attention-seekers.”
Last week, the group passed a no confidence vote on Nwodo and also served him seven-day ultimatum to appear before a disciplinary committee, to answer allegations against him, which included running a one-man executive, partisanship and lack of transparency.
But, Nwodo replied that the group had long been disbanded by Ime-Obi, which is the highest decision-making body of Ohanaeze.
“For the avoidance of doubt, while the leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Wing was dissolved in 2016, by the Ime-Obi and the National Executive Council of Ohanaeze, the tenure of the women wing expired with the last executive in 2017, thereby making both of them defunct.
“The National Executive of Ohanaeze Ndigbo exists at the instance of the General Assembly which hasn’t passed a vote of no confidence in it”, he said and added that “the office of Ohanaeze has been inundated with letters and messages on how well they have been leading Ndigbo.”
Attamah stated that the president-general was the only person among the executive prohibited by the constitution from participating in party politics, and that “it is preposterous to imagine Chief Nwodo could romance any political aspirant, let alone determine his choice of a running mate.