Ohaneze Ndigbo has rescheduled her Imeobi meeting for President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in South East but spokesman of the body has frowned at the rumour that the body has deliberately fixed Imeobi meeting today to clash and sabotage the campaign tour of the APC Presidential candidate for the forthcoming general elections in South East.
A release by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Emeka Attamah, frowned at such allegation which, he said, was outside the disposition and character of such a hallowed Igbo apex cultural organisation.
Chief Attamah stated that the truth of the matter was that the NEC of Ohanaeze Ndigbo had chosen the date for the meeting oblivious of the campaign timetable of the ruling APC party.
He explained that in deference to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige and the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Dave Umahi, who both called his attention to the clash, Ohanaeze Ndigbo shifted the time for the meeting from 10 o’clock in the morning to 4 p.m. on the same day at the instance of Dr Ngige.
Ohanaeze stated that they were aware of the extra cost implications due to those that would have gone but would now be accommodated in hotels but said it was to give all Igbo sons and daughters scheduled for the meeting opportunity to be there.
The release added that although Ohanaeze Ndigbo is apolitical, it could aggregate the collective interest of ndigbo for a candidate that answers to their wish and inclination but won’t be dragged down to the level of vile politicking.
It called on the purveyors of such petty innuendos to desist forthwith as Ohanaeze Ndigbo under the leadership of Chief Nwodo will remain sterling and unimpeachable and wishes Mr President a joyous visit to the Southeast.