Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has resolved the lingering crisis rocking the Apex socio-cultural organization of Igbos, the Ohaneze Ndigbo.
Okorocha made this move yesterday through the reconciliation of the two factional leaders of Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, Chief Gray Enwo-Igariwey and Dr. Ralph Obioha with Dr. Obioha dropping his claim to the President-General of Ohaneze and accepting Chief Enwo Igariwey as the only President-General of the Organization. Dr. Obioha also pledged to give Chief Igariwey all the needed support and cooperation to enable him succeed.
The reconciliation of the two factions had came at the end of a very lengthy meeting between the two leaders, members of their respective EXCOs and delegates from the states that make up Ohaneze, at the Government House Owerri, with Governor Okorocha presiding.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Obioha dropped his lingering claim of being the authentic President-General of Ohaneze, and declared that he and his faction had accepted the leadership of Chief Igariwey as the President-General of Ohaneze, and Dr. Obioha’s declaration elicited jubilation in the Ndubuisi Kanu Exco Chambers, Government House, Owerri.
However, one of the agreements at the meeting was that the tenure of Chief Igariwey has been extended by one year, and at the expiration of the one year, fresh election would be conducted to select new leaders of the body.
All those suspended from the body in the course of the squabble between the two factions were also recalled, while all the court cases occasioned by the dispute would also be withdrawn.
A 17-member committee that would see to the implementation of all that was agreed including the issue of election was set up with Dr. Obioha as Chairman, while the governors will produce one member each.
In his speech, Governor Okorocha expressed gladness over the issue.
“The Ohaneze family is back as one. There is peace now in Ohaneze. Today, we have proven to the world that Igbos are their brothers keepers. The President of Ohaneze will soon address the Igbo nation. All Igbos must join hands.”