An emergency meeting of the Council of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) was convened via Zoom today January 12, 2021 to discuss, among other things, reports of the recent Election of a new Executive of Ohanaeze Ndigbo held at Owerri Imo State on January 10, 2021.
The Council received a report of the ADF Working Committee on the critical developments before and during the purported Election held at Owerri, Imo State, and decided as follows-
To reject, in its entirety, the outcome of the Elections and refuse to recognize anyone elected in and through the purported Owerri Ohanaeze Election.
The Council states unequivocally that it did not authorize anyone to participate in the conduct of the Owerri election. If anyone associated with the ADF did participate in the conduct of the election, he did so on his own personal accord or as a representative of another organization.
The grounds of the rejection of the Ohanaeze election are based on the following –
- The entire preparations and conduct of the election breached the Constitution of Ohanaeze.
- They exhibited arrogant impunity and inordinate desire to foist a pre-determined list of officers and leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
- Reports from the field of the election confirmed the corrupt nature of the elections involving bribery and brazen manipulation of the outcome.
- In addition, the venue of the election was flooded with the intimidating presence of Federal Security forces including soldiers and police.
- Reports from various Igbo Communities both at home and in the Diaspora since January 10, show that majority of Ndigbo are in a virtual state of morning over this latest arrogant show to the entire world that the Igbo nation is indeed a conquered territory.
The ADF Council congratulates all those individuals and groups that have condemned the Owerri show of shame in the name of Ohanaeze Elections. In particular, the ADF Council expresses appreciation for the bold stand of a group of several members of Ime Obi Ohanaeze, the Global Igbo Leaders, the World Igbo Congress (WIC), the Igbo World Assembly (IWA), the Igbo Women Assembly (IWA), Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), the leadership of Nzuko Umunna, several leaders of the Anioma and Rivers Communities. etc.
The ADF calls on the Igbo Nation not to allow the unfortunate incidents surrounding the botched Ohanaeze Election to dampen their spirit of resistance against the present siege on Igboland and the entire Igbo nation.
We further call on Igbo women to rekindle their spirit of resistance in like manner that helped to destroy the fabric of the colonial apparatus.
In the same way we urge our community leaders to ensure the emergence of Town Unions as truly instruments of development and avoid being seen as a bode of opportunists always leaking the booth of self-serving politicians.
Dear Compatriots, it is obvious that what happened in Owerri on January 10th, 2021, in the name of Ohanaeze Election is the final death nail on the coffin of Ohanaeze under the regime of Chief Nnia Nwodo. In other words what has been handed over to Prof George Obiozor is just a carcass in the guise of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
If they persist on sustaining this dead Ohanaeze as Igbo Socio-cultural Organisation, then ADF shall before the end of January 2021 and in conjunction with other patriotic Igbo organizations and leaders of Ndigbo proceed to search for and put in place an alternative Pan-Igbo Socio-Cultural organization that will stand for and protect the interest of Ndigbo and the entire Igbo Nation.
PROF. UZODINMA NWALA PROF ELOCHUKWU AMUCHEAZI
ADF President ADF Vice President
BISHOP OBI UDEZUE ONUBOGU HON ABIA ONYIKE
Chairman ADF BoT Chairman, ADF Publicity Bureau
My views on the Era of Chief John Nnia Nwodo Jr as President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
“Any discerning person who is a keen participant in the Igbo Affairs and who followed the election, performance, politics and eloquence of Chief John Nnia Nwodo Jr. will attest that he is a true son of late Chief John Nwodo Sr.
After congratulating him following his election, I urged him to summon a meeting of the Ime Obi so that we set Agenda for his Executive, he said to me
“Prof that body is full of agents. I shall sanitize it before I summon it”
Incidentally that was the main organ of Ohanaeze that elected him. And throughout his three or four-year period as President General of Ohanaeze, he barely summoned a meeting of Ime Obi Ohanaeze.
In his undiplomatic altercations with IPOB, he told the world on the floor of the Anambra House of Assembly that he would sabotage any war of Igbo liberation.
The world knows about who and who were the first to congratulate Chief Nwodo after his election; an election that was heralded by the majestic visit of the Sultan of Sokoto to Enugu state.
He has fought every pan-Igbo organization. He looks in the direction of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) when ever his regime is in trouble suffering from lack of funds or legitimacy. Once we bail him out he continues his blackmail of ADF.
He told Ndigbo that has over 20 policemen and security personnel guarding his house in Ukehe. He did not say how many he has in his Enugu Residence or who pays for their upkeep.
The era of Chief John Nnia Nwodo Jr as President of Ohanaeze is a Subject for research on how to convert the socio-Cultural soul of a Nation into an instrument of its self-liquidation!
Under his regime Ohanaeze Ndigbo has split into several factions. Chief John Nnia Nwodo’s soul-mates in the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo are the OJI AKPA ELI OZUs in ALAIGBO.
Chief John Nnia Nwodo’s era as the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decreed a tragic NUNC DIMITIES for Ohaneze Ndigbo.
I firmly believe that from the ashes of Chief John Nnia Nwodo’s regime as PG of Ohaneze Ndigbo shall rise a solid pan-Igbo socio-cultural Organization that shall continue to serve as a dynamic moral force in the Igbo struggle.
RESOLUTION OF ADF WORKING COMMITTEE ON THE ON-GOING
2021 ELECTION INTO THE OHANAEZE NDIGBO EXECUTIVE.
1. An Emergency meeting of the Working Committee of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) was convened via zoom today, January 8. 2021 to discuss the report on the critical developments over the 2021 Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elections.
2. The Working Committee was briefed on
i. the contending issues that appear to pre-determine the outcome of the proposed election and to render the outcome of the election null and void.
ii. the background to the series of calls by various groups of Igbo leadership platforms urging the out-going Ohanaeze President, Chief Nnia Nwodo and his Executive to avoid any attempt to foist on the Igbo Nation, any leadership that is not of the making of Ndigbo or that would serve the interest of outside forces rather the interest of Ndigbo.
iii. the state of unpreparedness of the Ohanaeze leadership to conduct a free and fair election.
iiii. attempts by the governors of the South-East to hijack Ohanaeze Ndigbo and convert it into their political machinery. Furthermore.
v. it is suspected that the interest of the Federal Government, as well as the interests of other regions, are behind the attempts to manipulate the 2021 Ohanaeze election.
3. The ADF Working Committee noted, in particular, the views canvassed through several letters that have been addressed to Chief Nnia Nwodo and his Executive by the,
i. Global Igbo Leaders comprising key pan-Igbo organizations including the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), World Igbo Congress (WIC), Igbo World Assembly (IWA), Nzuko Umunna, Aka Ikenga, etc. and the
ii. Concerned Ime Obi Members comprising eminent Igbo leaders from the seven Igbo-Speaking States of Nigeria, etc.
4. The ADF Working Committee, in her deliberations, took note of the several irregularities that have already manifested in the manipulative process of the conduct of the so-called 2021 Ohanaeze elections; in particular –
i. As of the 6th of January there are no official guidelines, no list of accredited voters, no list of venues for the elections, no list of qualified contestants, etc.
ii. There is yet no reaction to the several objections to the modalities being put in place for the election as well as the obvious omissions in organizing a credible Ohanaeze election.
5. In the light of the foregoing, the ADF Working Committee has resolved to endorse the positions of the –
i. Global Igbo Leaders comprising key pan-Igbo organizations including the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), World Igbo Congress (WIC), Igbo World Assembly (IWA), Nzuko Umunna, Aka Ikenga, etc. and
ii. Concerned Ime Obi Members comprising eminent Igbo leaders from the seven Igbo-Speaking States of Nigeria, etc. And therefore,
iii. Failure to respect these popular views of Igbo leaders, ADF Working Committee enjoins all Igbo patriots to reject the outcome of any election that does not represent and respect the popular views of the leadership and people of Alaigbo.
6. Finally. Should the latter be the case, the ADF Working Committee is to summon an Emergency Meeting of the ADF Council so that it can direct the ADF next line of action which we shall canvass and get the endorsement of other concerned Igbo leaders and stakeholders on the way forward to ensure an authentic socio-cultural leadership platform that represents and works for the interest of the Igbo Nation.
PROF UZODINMA NWALA
PROF ELOCHUKWU AMUCHEAZI
ADF VICE PRESIDENT
HIS LORDSHIP OBI UDEZUE ONUBOGU
Chairman ADF BOT
HON ABIA ONYIKE
CHAIRMAN, ADF PUBLICITY BUREAU
Keynote Address delivered by
Prof Uzodinma Nwala, President of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) at the occasion of the Maiden Award/Public Lecture organized by the Federation of Mbaise Media Professionals (FMMP) at Nguru Mbaise, 18TH December 2020
Title of Lecture The Political Development of Mbaise: How Far, So Far!
- Invest-at- home movement and the Mbaise Nation.
Mbaise citizens, like their brothers in other parts of Igbo land, are famous for their industry and entrepreneurial spirit and exploits. They have huge investments abroad, both in and outside Nigeria. In fact, they have more than 300% investments in other parts of Nigeria than they have in Mbaise. Even if 50% of such investments are located in Mbaise, it will provide jobs to our teeming unemployed and disorientated youths. Mbaise can easily be transformed into a great urban and industrial homeland. In view of the harsh experiences of Igbos in other parts of Nigeria; it has become necessary to encourage an Invest-at-Home Movement so that those huge investments abroad can be concentrated in the homeland.
The Invest-At-Home (Akuruo Ulo) Movement was set in motion by the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) in 2015 with messages organized through Conferences of Umuigbo in Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, and Awka.
- Akuruo Ulo Cooperative Movement (ACM) to Consolidate the Spirit of Invest-At Home in Mbaise and Beyond,
In furtherance of the goal of the Invest-At Home (Akuruo Ulo) the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) of which I am the President, has decided to use Mbaise as a Model Pioneer Base to kick-start the focal stage of her Invest-at- Home Movement by launching the Akuruo Ulo Cooperative Movement (ACM) in Mbaise.
A Pilot scheme has taken off in Itu Ezinihitte with the acquisition of a site towards the Riverine Area of the Town, a water borehole has been built, planting of crops has started at the site.
The ACM shall revolutionalize food production to address the raging food scarcity as a result of the activities of the Fulani herdsmen designed as a plot to starve our people through aggressive insecurity pressures on our ancestral home. ACM will unleash the immense potential of the productive capacity of our local farmers, youth, and women and arrest food importation into our land.
Yesterday, I mean the not-too-distant yesterday, we exported food items including yam, garri, fermented cassava, and tomatoes to the North, but sadly and tragically the reverse is the case today. No wonder, we are being told that if the North closes its border and refuses to export food to us, we shall automatically be starved to total submission.
The Akuruo Ulo Cooperative Movement (ACM) will enable us to re-link with the great agricultural and industrial development ushered in by the Azikiwe-Okpara era in Eastern Nigeria. We hope to revive our palm industry that has been neglected to our chagrin.
There is nowhere else this great social and economic revolution can begin but the land on which the Ahiara Declaration was launched as a great Freedom Testament and where the Biafra war reached and came to a close. There is no other place where this can be done other than the land of the Ezejis, the land with the highest rural density of human concentration in Africa.
- Mr Ndubisi Alozie : The Great Inspirational Agro- Entrepreneur form Okpofe Mbaise.
As we embarked on this mission in Mbaise, the God of Ndigbo led us to one of our great sons that has revolutionized Agriculture in Alaigbo and beyond. Mr. Alozie has equally become a great inspiration for the ACM Movement. Attached are some of the wonders from his farm. ADF is doing a documentary of the extensive Agricultural investments of Mr. Ndubisi Alozie within and beyond and situating it within the ACM campaign.
I am by this note inviting the great sons of Mbaise here present and outside of this
hall to join us in this movement. Please do all in your power support the take-of the pilot scheme and also invest and promote the ACM farms and projects in other parts of Mbaise and Igboland. With this spectacular development in Mbaise, tell me;
• Why we cannot encourage our youth and farmers to follow suit
• Tell me why Mbaise or any part of Alaigbo should import yam and other food items from the North,
• Yes, tell me why Yam, Cassava. Onion, Pepper, Tomato, Carrot, Ginger, Lettuce, etc. should be imported into our land.
• Tell me why our youth should be roaming around aimlessly and
• Tell me Why we cannot organize our youths to farm on our land and protect the land we inherited from our ancestors!
PROFESSOR T. UZODINMA NWALA
(Ikenga & Ezeji Mbaise)
MESSAGE TO ADF & HER FRIENDS!
In 2019, ADF leadership decided that the year 2020 was going to mark the beginning of a new phase in her journey to actualize her Mission.
The 2019 OWERRI Security Summit as well as the 2020 Enugu Retreat radically reviewed our overall program and put it into a systematic structural framework as well as specifying its financial implications. It was also decided that ADF must wear a new gab that fits its character and mission. In short, it was decided we must move away from the social media mentality, become less social media/internet warriors!
Yes, that we must show in everything we are and do that ADF is a movement for a revolutionary change in the struggle to reposition the place of the Igbo man within the global community.
At that point, it became obvious that ADF cannot transform itself thus while the base of its activities was located abroad!
We, therefore, decided that we must then relocate our headquarters and the base of our operations to our native land, precisely to our regional and national headquarters, namely Enugu.
This then should be followed with immediate practical steps to show that ADF is now moving into a new phase of its life and mission!
Dear Compatriots ADF headquarters is now firmly situated in Igboland.
Please watch the attached video.
We decided that this Report should be followed soon by a second Report showing that we have also embarked on the process of practically addressing our urgent tasks – namely FOOD AND PHYSICAL SECURITY of our people and our ancestral home. This is to be anchored on the Agenda of effective Youth Empowerment & Re-orientation.
To achieve these, we have set up a Pilot scheme – secured land, dug a borehole, and set the pioneer youth in the designated area of the pilot scheme to immediately start planting crops as a take-off and practical launch pad of our AKURUO ULO COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT (ACM)!
A Project Director, a man known in the whole wide community of Igbo liberation struggle has already relocated to the field and base of the pilot scheme.
The wonder Agric farmer whose yam we showed you last time has volunteered to serve as Consultant of ACM.
As we do this, mark you, we are in consultation with our partners in the CARECSO. The CARECSO Secretary, Canon Ugo, has visited the site of the Consultants headquarters and is preparing his report for the Coalition – CARECSO.
Note, Please note that there is no way we can continue with this Resurgmento in our mission while continuing to carry all the weeds and viruses that have infested ADF Social media platforms. No way! We have not embarked on this torturous course of our struggle since the International Colloquium on the Igbo Question in Nigeria in 2014 only to be derailed by wayfarers and social media warriors! Not possible, unless and until the shrimp learns to sing!
As we embark on this decisive phase of our struggle, we wish to remember and invoke the spirit of our dead compatriots who helped to set ADF on its historic journey – I mean Dr Dozie Ikedife, Ikenga Nnewi, and the pioneer Chairman of ADF BoT, Dr Emeka Enejere, Chief Innocent Nwoga, Prof Ginigeme Mbanefo, Bar Debe Ojukwu, Prof Chinyere Ohiri-Anichebe, Prof David Ebere Chukwu and of course the spirit of Professor Chinua Achebe, etc.
Thank you dear Compatriot and welcome to the ADF Enugu Secretariat. Please watch.
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On the Aborted Attempt to set up the Electoral Committee for the 2021 Ohanaeze Elections.
On the 6th of December, a meeting was convened at the Nike Lake Resort by the outgoing Ohanaeze Executive. As it turned out, the main item on the Agenda of the meeting was the forthcoming January 2021 Election of a new Ohanaeze Executive.
Although I came a bit late to the meeting, however, I asked and throughout the duration of the meeting, there was no reference to the genocide going on in Oyigbo (Obigbo) in Rivers State where hundreds of our kits-and-kin are being gruesomely slaughtered with reckless abandon.
There was not even ‘a minute silence’ in memory of the dead as has become our custom and as observed throughout all civilized communities in the world. What echoed from the leadership was justification of the murder of those innocent victims.
With particular reference to the alleged meeting of Ime Obi Ohanaeze, it turned out that –
- What was summoned and what met was not IME OBI Ohanaeze Ndigbo. At best, it could be called a quasi assemblage of some members of the General Assembly of Ohanaeze.
- Senator Chris Ngige eloquently made this observation, and although his observation was widely supported, his views were ignored. Another former Governor made a related observation, but all were ignored and suppressed by the Chairman.
- The implication of this is that NO MEETING OF IME OBI OHANAEZE has taken place with respect to setting up the machinery for the election of a new Ohanaeze Executive.
- On the list read out by Chief Nwodo as members of his Electoral Committee, no consultations were made with the respective States and Bodies/Organizations whose so-called representatives were announced by him.
- Most of us are familiar with the tradition of getting representatives of various States/0rganisations into any Committee of Ime Obi Ohanaeze. And what is that tradition?
“In a properly constituted Ime Obi Ohanaeze, once we get to the point of appointing, for example, the Electoral Committee, States/Organizations are requested to stand aside to nominate their representatives and return the list to the Secretary of Ime Obi Ohanaeze. After which the names of nominees are collated and announced”.Our experience is that such a process has always ended amicably and the various States/Organizations have always returned their nominees without any internal rancor.
- Indeed those who try to introduce controversy into the election of the next Ohanaeze Executive are not fair to Ndigbo, especially at this time when our people are facing the worst threat to their existence as a nation.
- We, in the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), urge Chief Nnia Nwodo and his team not to plung Ndigbo into unnecessary internal rancor at this time. Any attempt to impose any person on Ndigbo in the name of Ohanaeze leadership at this period shall be stoutly resisted by our people and our Gods including our Supreme Chukwu Okike.
We, therefore, urge Chief Nwodo and his team to urgently convene a properly constituted Ime Obi Ohanaeze so that a legitimate Electoral Committee shall be set up to organize the Ohanaeze Election in January according to the Ohanaeze Constitution.
It is important to advise that the mood of Ndigbo at the present moment will not accept any attempt to impose any candidate on them. Anyone involved in such an attempt should think again as such a gamble and act of desperation and treachery shall be resisted vehemently by the people.
Prof. UZODINMA NWALA