Elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, on Sunday assumed office as the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide shortly after the Imeobi Ohanaeze ratified his nomination.
Igbo leaders, including the five governors of the South East states, yesterday, unanimously adopted and inaugurated Chief Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu, as the new President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
The decision was reached after a closed door meeting of members of Ohanaeze Imeobi with the governors and other Igbo leaders held at the state-of-the-art Banquet Hall, Enugu, newly constructed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration.
The Imeobi meeting was held at the old Government House Lodge, Enugu. The governors were led by the host and Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his Anambra State counterpart, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
The chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, his Imo and Abia counterparts, Senator Hope Uzodimma and Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, respectively, were represented by their deputies, Mr Kelechi Igwe, Prof. Placid Njoku and Ude Oko Chukwu.
Also present at the event was the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi; Governor-elect of Enugu State, Peter Mbah; former governor of Anambra State, former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim; former president-generals of Ohanaeze led by Nnia Nwodo, former Minister of Health, Prof. ABC Nwosu, among others.
In his acceptance speech, Iwuanyanwu described the event as a remarkable day in his life, because it is a day when Providence and the love of his people, Igbo, propelled him to the position of president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide
He noted that all through his life, he had done his best to serve the Igbo both in times of war and peace.