By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, has warned the Igbo apex socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, against taking any side in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
I’m open to constructive criticism, but…— Okorocha
Okorocha stated this through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, when the National Organizing Committee for the 2018 Igbo Day Celebration, led by Gregory Ibe, paid him a visit at the government House in Owerri.
Okorocha maintained that, Ndigbo need to come close to God and reconcile with each other.
The governor further said that if the Ohanaeze Ndigbo was not careful, that it could support candidate that would fail in the forthcoming election.
The statement read: “Governor Rochas Okorocha has called on Ohanaeze Ndigbo to Champion Reconciliation among the Igbos, and also set out a day for atonement for Ndigbo, stating that the Igbos need God more than anything else.
“The governor also advised the body to distance itself from partisan politics to avoid Ndigbo losing when the Party or Candidate the organization supports loses,
“Ohanaeze should be smart when it comes to the issue of partisan politics so that no matter the Candidate or the Party that wins, Ohanaeze can move in to do the needful.”
On his suggestion that what the Igbo people need at the moment, “I have told the National President of Ohanaeze about the need for Ohanaeze to Champion Reconciliation among Igbos.
“I said at Evan Enwerem’s book launch, Jim Nwobodo and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu were there, that when I was growing up, all I heard was that Iwuanyanwe never saw eye to eye with Enwerem. Jim Nwobodo never saw eye to eye with Ekwueme. I asked Iwuanyanwu, where is Enwerem today to fight and Jim, where is Ekwueme to fight ?