A fresh controversy has hit the choice of Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as the new President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo as one of the Igbo affiliate groups, Njiko Igbo Forum said it would not recognize him.
Elders of Imo state led by Eze Ilomuanya had on Wednesday presented Iwuanyanwu to Governor Hope Uzodinma as their consensus choice for the vacant position of the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The position became vacant following the death of the former occupant, Prof George Obiozor. Obiozor died on December 26, last year. He won the election for the position allocated to Imo state in 2021.
However, Njiko Igbo Forum in a statement made available to the Guardian in Enugu on Friday said it would not accept the choice of Chief Iwuanyanwu as a replacement to the late Obiozor.
The statement signed by the President of the sociopolitical group, Rev Okechukwu Obioha stated that Imo state elders should have chosen Dr Joe Nworgu who contested the presidency of Ohanaeze Ndigbo with Obiozor two years ago.
Besides, the group stated that Nworgu, a former secretary general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo from Imo state distinguished himself while in office.
“Njiko Igbo Forum, a sociopolitical and strong, visible affiliate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide since 1999, rejects Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“As the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is demised and Imo State is unarguably the State to still retain the President General, we strongly recommend Joe Nworgu PhD (Cambridge) who was one the contestants for that position.
“Who so do recommend Joe Nworgu as suitably qualified to take up the mantle of Igbo leadership, having served dutifully as Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and previously for several years been the Deputy Secretary General.
“If Chief Iwuanyanwu wants to be called the President General, he is on his own and will not be recognized by us and l am sure that other affiliate organizations of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide will not recognize him.”
They called on those responsible for the recommendation and presentation of Chief Iwuanyanwu to withdraw it in the interest of Ndigbo, stressing that the former Chairman of the PDP BOT lacked what it takes to lead Ndigbo.