Youth’s president’s suspension tears Ohaneze apart
The purported suspension of the President, Ohaneze Youth
Council in Bayelsa State, Chief Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, by the
state chapter of Ohaneze Ndiigbo has torn the Igbo
community in the state apart.
The President of Ohaneze Ndiigbo, Chief Okwudiri Oko and
Secretary, Mr. Nnanna Raymond, in a general meeting of the
group in Yenagoa had declared that Chinedu had been
suspended over alleged misappropriation and diversion of
The two were said to have announced the removal of the
leader of the youth wing without allegedly following
procedures enshrined in the constitution of OYC.
The removal was said to have been announced in a local
by executive members of the OYC who attended the general
meeting, Oko reportedly insisted that Chinedu must go.
But the executive members of OYC after an emergency
meeting in Yenagoa on Wednesday passed a vote of
confidence on Chinedu and asked Oko to stay away from
the affairs of the OYC.
The executive members in a four-point resolution signed by
OYC Treasurer, Mr.Alex Ihejirika and Coordinator, Amasoma
Cajeta Onwudiwe, said it was wrong for the parent body to
make a statement suspending Chinedu without consulting
the youth wing as well as establishing a panel to investigate
the allegations levelled against him.
by some persons against Chinedu were false and
They said it was malicious and character assassination for
the parent body to go ahead and announce the suspension
on a local radio without giving Chinedu fair hearing.
The executive members submitted that the attitude of Oko
and Raymond and their deliberate efforts to use the
Ohaneze Ndiigbo for their selfish political gains had
portrayed them as incompetent persons.
“We, the Ohaneze Youth Council, Bayelsa state chapter,
have passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of Chief
Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa as the Ohaneze Youth Council
President, Bayelsa State chapter,” he said.
One of the executive members, Mr. Uche Iweka, Welfare
Officer 2, said on the day Chinedu was purportedly
suspended, Oko and Raymond offered people money to
append their signatures to affirm the suspension.
Iweka, who complained that they were not in the know of the
agenda of the meeting before they got to the venue, stated,
“So after everything I said no, that if anything is happening
in the executive we have to sort it out in the executive.
“We have to go through the normal process such as setting
up a panel to investigate our leader. They threatened to
impeach me too if l refused to sign the document. I dared
them and asked them to impeach me because l was not
ready to partake in their illegality. It was a kangaroo
arrangement and it will not stand.”
Speaking on the development, Chinedu said he was in Abuja
when someone called him on the telephone and told him that
the Ohaneze had suspended him.
He said the parent body had no right to remove him and
vowed to tackle persons behind he malicious publications