Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders Kick-start Move To Replace Late President, Obiozor
Elders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo, have begun moves to replace their late president, George Obiozor.
Naija News reports thar George Obiozor, president-general of the organisation, died in December 2022.
An insider said the elders – referred to as “Ime Obi” – are seeking to invoke the “doctrine of necessity” in order to put a new leader in place, temporarily or permanently.
The elders, who are working closely with the Okey Emuchay, secretary general of the body, to have a “speedy election or selection process for an interim president-general”.
A source told The Cable that: “Members of the Ime Obi, who according to the constitution, ‘shall be responsible for rapid response of Ohanaeze to urgent issues’, are working with the secretary-general on the possibility of invoking a doctrine of necessity that would ensure a speedy election or selection process for an interim president-general.
The Ime Obi is made up of all past and serving presidents, vice-presidents, senate presidents, speaker of the house of representatives and deputy who are of Igbo origin.
It is also made up of leaders from each Igbo state nominated by the state and endorsed by the council of elders, president-general, secretary-general. There are a further 17 national leaders nominated by the council of elders and two members of the national assembly, representing senators and house of representatives members.