Southeast leaders are making moves to
curb the crisis brewing in the region, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT)
says it will meet to map out strategies for lasting peace
In a bid to ensure peace in the
organisation, South-east pressure group, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT),
has waded into the crisis rocking the South-East Governors’ Forum
The state chief executives have not met
to articulate policies or programmes that would benefit the people as a
geopolitical zone for over 18 months now.
This was made known by the
Secretary-General of the ILT, Professor Elochukwu Amucheazi, while
speaking in an interview with Vanguard, Sunday night.
Amucheazi said members of the ILT had
visited three out of the five governors in a bid to resolve the matter,
adding that they were waiting for reply to the letters written to the
remaining two for meetings with them.
Sources told Vanguard in Enugu that the
major cause of the crisis in the SEGF was the issue of who becomes the
chairman of the group. The SEGF met regularly when former governors
Peter Obi of Anambra, Theodore Orji, Abia; Sullivan Chime, Enugu; Chief
Martin Elechi, Ebonyi and Governor Rochas Okorocha, Imo were in the
However, it was learnt that the SEGF has
not had any chairman since the former Governor of Anambra State, Peter
Obi, left the position after his eight-year tenure in office, and handed
over to his then counterpart from Abia State, Theodore Orji
Although Orji’s brief tenure was said to
have been vibrant, he has not been replaced since he left the position
about a year and nine months ago.
Like the leadership of Ohanaeze, the
chairmanship of the SEGF is rotatory, but Orji did not hand over
formally to any of his colleagues, even as the position had remained
vacant since then.
According to sources, Governor Okorocha
of Imo State reportedly made overtures to his colleagues to allow him
continue from where Orji stopped but his request was not granted as the
governors allegedly developed cold feet over the issue.
He is currently building “a befitting
secretariat for Ohanaeze Ndigbo at Enugu to replace its present office
donated by the former governor of Enugu State, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, in
Apart from Okorocha, who was said to
have schemed to become the chairman without success, the “new” governor
of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, is believed to have shunned the
governors’ forum as he has not attended the meeting for up to two times
since he assumed office about three years ago.
The last time some of the governors
attended the meeting of the forum was in the first quarter of last year,
during the crisis trailing the killing of MASSOB and IPOB members at
the National High School, Aba, Abia State on February 9, 2016.
Okorocha who is laying claims to the chairmanship of the forum “as a ranking governor” read the communique on the occasion.