A former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof George Obiozor, has been endorsed by Orji Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia State, as the next Ohanaeze Ndigbo President General.
Kalu, who disclosed the endorsement in a statement by one of aides, Emeka Nwala, in Abuja on Sunday, also called on Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the organisation’s highest organ, to embrace Obiozor as its consent candidate.
He also disclosed that he (Kalu) had made wide dialogue with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
The Senator added that he had as well consulted the governors of Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra and Imo states, had discussion with a former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu; a former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Nkeiru Onyejeocha; Senator Ben Obi; and other Igbo leaders in National Assembly, in order for them to support Obiozor
The statement read in part, “Ohanaeze is the authentic voice of the Igbo, which exists for the sole purpose of speaking for and representing the interest of Ndigbo since its inception in 1976.
“It is expected to be non-partisan. We need a leadership that can rightly define and defend the interests of the Ndigbo. I have known Prof. George Obiozor for a long time and I am confident he will competently lead an active, mature, hardworking and viable Ohanaeze Ndigbo organisation.”