A former Minister for Information and Culture, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, yesterday emerged the new President General of the apex socio-cultural body of Ndigbo, Ohanaeze, in an election conducted at the national headquarters of the group at No 7 Park Avenue, Old GRA, Enugu, and says I ‘ll die for Ndigbo.
Nwodo pulled a total of 242 votes to defeat his only rival, a former Vice Chancellor of old Anambra State University of Technology, ASUTH, Prof. Chiweyete Ejike, who scored 13 votes.
Six votes were voided in the contest for the President General.
The post of Secretary General of the organization also went to a Rivers state indigene, Barrister Uche Okwukwu who scored 166 votes against Chief Isaac Wonwu who got 63 votes, while Chief Kroham Joel got 4 votes.
In the same vein, Emeka Okwu from Delta State emerged the National Treasurer with 168 votes, defeating veteran journalist, Emma Okocha, who scored 34 votes.
Okocha alleged that the election was rigged against him by the governors.
“They don’t want a journalist there,” he alleged.
Protests of imposition of candidates were rife in the election, particularly from Imo State where Governor Rochas Okorocha was accused of imposing the Deputy President General.