Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has condemned the manner in which 40-man electoral committee for the forthcoming election of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership was set up.
Acccording to the Minister, the list does not reflect neutrality as it is supposed to, noting that it is full of of active politicians who are card carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
He lamented that the the committee would not deliver a credible poll that will be accepted by everyone.
Speaking through his media office said: “The non-consultation of all critical stakeholders in the composition of the nominees from different states weakens its credibility and may jeopardise integrity of the electoral outcome.
“In Anambra State for instance, key stakeholders were not all consulted leading to a skewed process that threw up politicians, who were leaders in the campaign organisation of a presidential candidate in 2019 general elections and who has made no disguise of his intention to re-contest.
“I was for example not consulted just like some other critical stakeholders in the selection process as a former Governor and Senator from Anambra who has been making immense contributions to reposition the Ohanaeze Ndigbo since 1991.
“I am due and qualified as a former Governor, former Senator and a sitting two-time minister, to be consulted during the selection process of members of the electoral committee from Anambra State.
“Apart from the offices I held in the past and the one that I am holding today, I have remained a prominent player in Igbo affairs; leading Aka Ikenga as President from 1991 to 1997 and serving as a member of Imeobi from 1992 as President of Aka Ikenga and till date, having been a governor of Anambra State. So, I deserve to be consulted before any decision is taken in Ohanaeze.
“Go through the list and see the same politicians who transversed the country with presidential candidates, canvassing for votes. We hitherto complained of their misbehaviour and today, they are being empaneled to conduct election for Ohanaeze. This is clearly a job for those without political party affiliation. There are so many whose qualification fall into such categorisation and good enough for the job.
“For the fact that I and other critical stakeholders were not consulted, the list did not pass the crucible of proper selection and should therefore be rejigged and a proper consultation of Imeobi done before the inauguration of members. Any persons with serious political affiliations to any of the political parties-major or minor-should be severed out of the list and replaced with non-partisan Ohanaeze stalwarts.