Governors of the South-east states have reacted to the election of Prof. George Obiozor as the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo apex socio-political organisation.
Naija News reports that Obiozor emerged victorious after defeating Chief Valentine Oparaocha and Chief Uju Savior Okoro in the election held on Sunday in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
The former Ambassador to the United States and Israel polled a total of 304 votes to defeat his rivals, who polled 304 and 15 votes.
Speaking on behalf of the South-east Governors’ Forum, Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, pledged to work with Obiozor to move the organisation and the South- East region forward.
He tasked the new executive to continue to let the spirit of love for Ndigbo continue and to continue to fight for the unity of Nigeria which will benefit Ndigbo more.
The governor lamented that South-east governors have been singled out for castigation because they have always supported the unity of this country.
Umahi, however, commended the immediate past President General, Nnia Nwodo, for conducting a successful election in spite of the efforts of the Igbo detractors.
Among the prominent Igbo leaders who were present at the election were Senator Sam Egwu; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Simeon Okeke, Prof. ABC Nwosu, Senator Ben Obi, former governor of Imo State, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim; former Minister of Foreign Affairs (State), Chief Dubem Onyia.
Others were Deputy National President General, Chief Hilary Opara, Chief Chekwas Okorie, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, HRM, Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Nnaemeka Anichebe; Anglican Archbishop of Enugu, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukuma; Minister of State Mine and Development, Uche Ogar; former Governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo and Senator Andy Uba.