The Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has advised other Igbo leaders who contested the position of the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, with Ambassador George Obiozor, to accept defeat in good faith.
Abaribe in a statement by his media aide, Uche Awom, on Monday, noted that other contestants were also, eminently qualified to hold the exalted office.
He, therefore, urged them to accept the outcome of the election and look at the bigger picture with regards to the importance of unity in the pursuit of the interest of Ndigbo.
He, however, cautioned those bent on using falsehood to engender disunity among Ndigbo to desist forthwith.
The lawmaker applauded the emergence of Obiozor and Ambassador Okey Emuchay as the President General, and Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide respectively.
Abaribe said the choice of the duo was indeed most heartwarming and would no doubt, sustain the progressive trajectory, which the immediate past executive built.
He said Obiozor was widely acknowledged for his track record of excellence, honour, intellectual capacity and courage in public service, and qualities that greatly qualify him as the preferred choice to lead the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation.
The Senator said Obiozor’s sterling qualities would no doubt help to further reinvigorate and build an activist-driven Ohanaeze in the face of current realities in Nigeria.
The statement added in part, “The new executive members are known for their consumate love for the Igbo race, particularly the President General who has been at the frontline in articulating interest of Ndi-Igbo.
“They would continue to exhibit courage and forthrightness in not only pursuing our collective interest in Nigeria, but also weave Ndigbo as a nation bonded in love, peace and unity.”