Prof. George Obiozor was swept in as the new President General of the apex pan-Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo by a landslide victory.
1st News reports that Obiozor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, was the popular choice.
Obiozor polled 304 votes to clinch the position. His closest challenger, Valentine Oparaocha polled 15 votes and Sergius Uju Okoro scored three votes.
Eight candidates had thrown their hats into the ring for the highly coveted position. They include Oparaocha, Prof. Chidi Osuagwu, Obiozor, Chief Goddy Uwazuruike, Dr. Joe Nworgu, and Dr. Chris Asoluka. Also in the hat were Prof. Eze Chukwunyere Nwebo and Sergius.
However, two candidates, Osuagwu and Asoluka were alleged not to have returned their nomination forms. The much-anticipated election was held at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri. Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi and his Imo State counterpart, Senator Hope Uzodimma oversaw the process. The governors of Abia, Anambra and Enugu states were equally well represented.
The event witnessed the attendance of a number of traditional rulers include the Obi of Onitsha. Also in attendance were several high-profile clergymen.
Nevertheless, the election turned out to be a walk in the park for Obiozor; who quickly claimed the popular votes when the chips came down. Equally important, Obiozor replaces the outgoing President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who had previously held sway in the role since 2017.