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Crisis in Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Bayelsa resolved


By Nathan Nwakamma


Yenagoa –   The national leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has restored peace in its Bayelsa chapter, ending several years of crisis that left the group in factions.

Chief Charles Odunukwe, Vice President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who brokered the truce, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Monday.

Odunukwe said that the National Executive of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation needed to wade into the crisis in the chapter for peace to reign supreme.

“The Bayelsa chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been in crisis for so many years over leadership tussle.

“The current national executive led by Chief Nnia Nwodo, waded in and prevailed on all aggrieved parties to forgive one another.

“The President-General himself initiated the peace move as part of his policy of reconciling all aggrieved Igbos worldwide. He consulted widely with all the units that make up Ohanaeze in Bayelsa.

“We have the support of all the feuding parties and they all subscribed to peace and agreed that all pending litigation with regard to Ohanaeze leadership should be withdrawn.

“We have resolved to take over the affairs of the Bayelsa chapter temporarily until elections are held on Nov. 4 to produce a new executive.

“We have just released election guidelines and every member is at liberty to contest for any office; so the coast is clear,” he said.

Odunukwe said the national leadership had postponed the Sept. 19 annual Igbo Day celebration in Bayelsa, until the branch election which would produce leaderships to organise the event was held.

In his reaction, Chief Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, South-South Coordinator of the group’s Youth Wing, applauded the Nwodo-led executive for the effort.

Athur-Ugwa said the national officers exhibited objectivity by listening to the grievances of the two factions and brokering peace to pave way for the election of a new executive.

“We commend the peace moves which our president-general initiated when he visited Bayelsa sometime in July for the South-South rally on restructuring.

“He subsequently invited both the current caretaker Chairman, Chief Mark Nlem, and the erstwhile leader, Chief Chinedu Amaku, and both parties embraced each other.

“Peace has finally returned to Ohanaeze in Bayelsa due to the untiring efforts of Chief Nwodo and his team and we expect the group to grow in leaps and bounds,” he said.

Also reacting, Amaku, who led one faction of the group, acknowledged that both parties had resolved their differences.

“I can confirm that the peace which eluded the group in Bayelsa, has returned. The peace move was initiated when Chief Nwodo visited Bayelsa.

“We also visited the national secretariat of the group in Enugu State.

“Our president-general has encouraged us to work together in the interest of Igbo people. We have buried the hatchet in the interest of the group and for peace to reign,” he said. (NAN)

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