From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha
The new Igbo leader and leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has warned the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, to desist from distracting Ndigbo trying to conduct another election in Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Uwazuruike said Ndigbo would no longer allow the governors whom he described as garrulous to continue to destroy their unity by sacrificing the fortune of the people on the altar of sheer greed and personal political aggrandisement.
He described as distraction the action of Ebonyi State Government to start talking about election of the president general and national officers of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation when the election had been contested and won. “Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been conducted and completed and the immediate past president generals, including Justice Eze Ozobu and Amb. Ralph Uwechue, among other prominent Igbo sons, were in attendance and Chief Garry Igariwey was elected unopposed when his compatriots from Ebonyi State stepped down for him. “It is quite unfortunate that the governor is planning another election and as Igbo leader, I am warning him that Ndigbo shall no longer continue to suffer in the hands of the governors.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not an appendage of the state governors and MASSOB has come out to identify with Ohanaeze Ndigbo. There will be no other election of Ohanaeze Ndigbo anywhere, any place and anytime because the election has been conducted last Saturday in Enugu.” Uwazuruike also warned that Ndigbo would resist any incursion from the South-east governors or any government to drag its apex socio-cultural organisation into politics of selfishness, adding that, “for very long now, the governors had used Ohanaeze Ndigbo to achieve their selfish aims but I am saying that from henceforth, we will not tolerate any form of distraction from any governor.”
He further said that Ndigbo had been united and would not allow any state government to use faceless elements to distract the unity of purpose currently in place and urged any aggrieved member to seek redress in the law court instead of allowing himself to be used to cause disaffection in Igboland. “There will be consequences for any undue distraction from the governors in or out of office; they will continue to face the music because I will not permit any undue distraction again in Igboland.
Anybody that felt aggrieved should go to court because the election has been won.” The MASSOB leader also disclosed that he would deploy over 5000 MASSOB securitymen to the venue Ebonyi State Government would conduct their election, stressing that the governor would take the consequences of every eventuality. “Every prominent Igbo son including Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, myself and others attended and witnessed the election which was held at the Ime-Obi, Ohanaeze Ndigbo secretariat, Enugu on Saturday,” he said.
However, Daily Sun gathered that Uwazuruike was reacting to the radio announcements and advertorials from Ebonyi State government that there would be another election into the office of the president general in which they are sponsoring Senator Azu Agboti.