Former Ambassador, Prof. George Obiozor, on Sunday in Owerri, emerged as the new President General of Ohanaeze.
Obiozor beat other contestants with 304 votes to win, including Goddy Uwazuruike, a lawyer and former president of Aka Ikenga and Chris Asoluka.
His emergence came less than 24 hours after Chidi Ibeh, former commissioner in Imo State, emerged as a factional president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a purported election held in Enugu on Saturday.
Obiozor will succeed John Nnia Nwodo, former president of Ohanaeze whose tenure expired at the weekend.
Obiozor is coming to Ohanaeze with well horned experience in leadership garnered over the years in academia and diplomatic circles as he was a three time Nigeria ambassador to three countries including United States and Israel.
He will have the onerous task of reaching out and uniting factions of Ohanaeze, who called for postponement of the election and taken the socio-cultural group to greater heights more than his predecessor achieved during his tenure
On the other hand, Ibeh, a holder of national award, Member of the Federal Republic, MFR, emerged during a parallel election organized by the Prince Richard Ozobu-led election committee.
Also elected were Uche Okwukwu, deputy president general. Okwukwu from Rivers State is the incumbent secretary-general of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro from Abia State was elected secretary general.
Ozobu told journalists on Saturday, January 9, that the election was held in Enugu under strict observance of COVID-19 protocol.
“We promised to give Ndigbo credible election and that is what we have done.
“A new leadership of Ohanaeze has emerged and it was in compliance with the constitution of Ohanaeze. We met all the requirements.
“We are still collating results for other seats, but the key leadership positions are ready. It started late last night and was concluded this morning. Many delegates participated through zoom because of ban on large gathering owing to COVID-19.
“The rest of the National Ohanaeze Executive election results will be released after further verifications to ensure that the constitutional provisions were fully met,” Ozobu stated.
Real news reports that another faction of Ohanaeze will hold election in Imo State, under the committee being chaired by Chief Garri Igariwey.