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Anioma leaders may opt for consensus Ohanaeze candidate

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Anioma leaders may opt for consensus Ohanaeze candidate

Post  Admin on Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:21 pm

DETERMINED to clinch the plum position of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Anioma people of Delta State are scheduled to hold a meeting tomorrow at the palace of the Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Chike Edozien.

At the meeting where top leaders of Anioma people are expected to be present, a consensus candidate for the position is expected to be chosen, according to the Delta State Chairman of the association, Obi Modestus Nwaka.

Nwaka also made a passionate appeal to other ethnic groups in Delta to allow the Anioma to produce the governorship of Delta in 2011 for the sake of equity and fairplay.

There have been strong opposition by some opinion leaders from the South-East geo-political zone, the heartland of the Igbo people to the emergence of an Anioma Igbo as the leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. They have assured that the Delta North Senatorial district is not a core Igbo state, but the outgoing President General, Chief Dozie Ikedife was quoted recently as saying that there was no going back on its earlier decision to concede the position to the area.

Ikedife had argued that for the sake of unity, development and progress of Igboland, the Anioma people should be allowed to occupy the position when the election comes up on November 29.

Nwaka from Ibusa, Delta State said in Asaba yesterday that the zoning of the top office to Anioma was a constitutional matter, adding that denying the Igbo of Delta State the opportunity of producing the President General would not only amount to a breach of the constitution but further polarise the organisation.

Of late, members of the organisation have been at daggers-drawn. While Ikedife lead one group, Prof. Joe Irukwu leads the other and only agree to sheathe their sword and allow for election following intervention of some eminent leaders from the zone.

Nwaka, who spoke on the sidelines of the conference of religious leaders on Igbo civilisation, said the Asaba meeting was called in order to have a consensus candidate and thereby avoid acrimony when the election proper comes up. "We will have a consensus candidate at the end of the meeting. We want to be united so that we can speak with one voice," he said.

Nwaka said that from the commanding height, which the Igbo of Delta State occupied in the 60's when Chief Dennis Osadebey from Asaba was elected as the first Premier of Midwest Region, he said that their fortune nose-dived after the civil war was yet to rise.

He said that the governorship was of paramount importance to Anioma and was determined to legally do everything possible to grab power in 2011.


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