APC blames fire at Ohaneze Ndigbo secretariat on Jonathan’s re-election bid

Osita Okechukwu

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has alleged that there is a correlation between the refusal of Ohaneze Ndigbo to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid and fire at the association’s secretariat.

The South East zone of the APC made the allegation in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu.

“…the secretariat has never been attacked; until the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo refused bluntly to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election,” Mr. Okechukwu said.

The party commended the stance of the top Igbo socio-cultural group, and asked the police to investigate the cause of the fire.

Read the full statement below.

The South East All Progressives Congress, APC, calls on the Inspector General of Police to as a matter of urgent national importance institute a high powered probe panel to investigate the master minds behind the fire incident which nearly burnt down the National Secretariat of Ohaneze Ndigbo.

To us, the Ohaneze Ndigbo’s secretariat reminds us of a common bond heritage and symbol of the Igbo nation, located at Park Avenue, Enugu, capital of Eastern region; hence we frown at such sacrilegious act.

Sir, it may interest you to know that the secretariat has never been attacked; until the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo refused bluntly to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election.

Since November 2014, intense pressure has been mounted on the leadership of Ohaneze led by Gary Enwo Igariwey, to endorse Mr President, which they resisted in the collective interest of Ndigbo.

Bizarre events which followed the rational decision of Ohaneze Ndigbo to reject the endorsement of President Jonathan, in what we dub a non-partisan posture, were legion.

One of these bizarre events is the factionalization of Ohaneze Ndigbo, a once cohesive, dynamic and the mouth piece of Ndigbo.

Secondly, was the double speak of the splinter Igbo Leaders of Thought led by Professor Ben Nwabueze, which tongue-in-cheek said, “We are fully aware that Jonathan’s administration has not seriously addressed the core promises and commitments made to Ndigbo during the 2011 election campaign. In spite of this, it is in the best interest of our people that he be re-elected.”

We hold dear to the old age epigram that the core ingredient of election in liberal democracy is the referendum on the performance of the incumbent; therefore to latch on the flimsy religious sentiment of Isalmization of Nigeria cannot hold water.

Accordingly, we do not think Ndigbo or indeed Nigerians have the leisure to reward a president who failed to fix the East-Road, 2nd Niger Bridge, Mambilla Power Plant, Enugu Coal, the 3 Greenfield Refineries awarded at a whopping cost of $23 billion and who out of unbridled corruption crashed the Naira.

We are at a loss how our elder statesmen of the so called Igbo Leaders of Thought
want a president that eminent Igbo sons and daughters – Charles Soludo, Ejike Mbaka, Alex Ekwueme, Ken Nnamani, Oby Ezekwesili, and host of others, including their good selves, awarded F9, to repeat a life time class squandered.

In sum, it will be of interest if the IGP uses his good offices to fish out the hoodlums who burnt the Ohaneze Ndigbo secretariat before more harm is done.

Osita Okechukwu
Spokesman South East APC


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  • True Nigerian

    Well done, Osita. The truth must be spoken – that Jonathan’s government is an eyesore!
    A thousand unthinking Igbos will not blunt the sensitivity of the rest of us and makes us to believe that our home – the South-East – is now a dumping ground for failed ideas, of which Jonathan is evidently one. Jonathan is feel-good idea which has woefully failed to produce a do-good effect on Nigeria (including Igbos).

    Nigeria earned hundreds of $billions under Jonathan. Yet, our people will have to pay a heavy toll on a 2nd Niger bridge of which the cost is inflated by nearly 400%. And somehow, some of our people refer to that as performance. Since when did Igbo’s become that silly? I totally reject it now and till tomorrow!

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Uhm! How do people just make statements and conclusions based on speculations? How do people just conclude without evidence? It’s just surprising! So fire in the secretariat was a result of non-endorsement of Jonathan? Absolute, incontrovertible or got from gazing at the crystal ball? Very one-track-minded. People must learn to think on different sides of a situation. Fires have been destroying buildings as a result of many factors, Mr Osuchukwu must realize this.

  • ucheJ

    APC will use any little opportunity to blackmail PDP and GEJ, I wonder why this people have no other job apart from saying rubbish, what has the burning of ohanaeze building has to do with GEJ? It is funny if it happens in Lagos it’s GEJ. It shows that APC as a party have no business being a party, long live GEJ long live Nigeria.

  • arinze uba

    Dear Brethren,

    A Pharoah will take us back to the land of Egypt, where we will become slaves again (apart from the few who will be his associates and collaborators), whilst all others will be whipped into order, slammed into jails without due process and will have to bow down to the Pharaoh. 

    The Pharaoh’s tribe and religion will be super-imposed upon all, as the born to rule superiority complex will override all other tribes and religion/s.

    Some slaves may want to go back to Egypt again, to be slave masters, as they see gains lording it over other slaves, but the majority of the other slaves want their own freedom and will rather take their destiny into their own hands, serving their own living GOD.

    A Moses is no Saint and has his faults, but like Moses, he is leading the slaves to cross the red sea and then take the slaves into their promised land, a desert, flowing with milk and honey.

    To be able to get to the promised land, the slaves have to first cross the red sea, and need Moses.

    However, we are at a cross road and need to decide between a Pharaoh who will take us back as slaves into the land of Egypt, or a Moses who will help the slaves cross the red sea, into the promised land.

    Spiritually, we all have to decide if we want Pharaoh and to go back as slaves to the land of Egypt, or we can chose Moses, who has his faults, but who is already taking us to cross the red sea and is trying to help us cross into the promised land.

  • anneedu

    APC can’t do without PDP, I wonder any little thing they will blame GEJ for it, what has ohanaeze ndigbo get to do with PDP