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“We did not meet with Wike” – Ohanaeze disowns members who met Rivers Gov.

The apex Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Tuesday dissociated itself from the purported visit by some members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the organization to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that last Thursday, Wike hosted the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Worldwide, at Government House in Port Harcourt.

But in a statement sent to this newspaper by the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Okey Emuchy, the group said those that visited Wike went there in their personal capacities and did not go there as Ohanaeze delegation.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide did not undertake any trip to the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Governor Wike last week,” Emuchy said.

“Those who did, went as private individuals not the NEC of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide. We had made efforts in the past to seek an audience with the Governor of Rivers State.

“For over two years, the late President General, myself and other stakeholders had to engage with prominent Nigerians whose names I am not here to disclose.

“The last effort was a letter I delivered via DHL to the Governor on the 18 of January this year, to among others, inform the governor that the Deputy President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, High Chief Kroham Joel had passed on and the family had fixed a date for the funeral in his village in Ahoda West LGA of Rivers State. I did not receive any response to that letter. Ohanaeze NEC was in Ahoda West local government to bury the late Deputy President General.

“Now, on the issue of Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, we have a court order that was issued on Friday, March 10, 2023. It was a restraining order on him and three others. The legal department of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is doing the needful and in the next few days, that process will be completed. I want to say once more that Ohanaeze has no faction. Okechukwu Isiguzoro was never elected as Secretary General of Ohanaeze. He goes about issuing statements that are injurious to the Igbo nation and to our nation, that are littered all over Nigeria and beyond.

“Okechukwu Isiguzoro should cease doing what he is doing and also, we call on his sponsors to understand that Ohanaeze will survive. Ohanaeze is above all of us.”

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