For alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office, Dr. Ezechi Chukwu, the Imo State Chapter of Ohanaeze, has been impeached by the members. The members accused him of allegedly co-opting people who were not registered members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the State solely for pecuniary interest and willfully sidelined members from the activities of the Imo Ohanaeze. It was alleged that Chukwu had concluded plans to use the unregistered people as delegate members to represent Imo Ohanaeze during the upcoming Ohanaeze general elections this January.
The impeachment which was signed by Nze Emeka Bishop Njoku, Deputy President, Imo Ohanaeze, Shedrack Nwaokoro (Okigwe LGA Chairman), Chief J.K.C Onuoha (Owerri zonal chairman), Ambassador Akpelu Azunna E (former President), Imo Ohanaeze, among other signatories, read in part: “Your Excellency, Sir, the Imo Ohanaeze members are by this letter asking that you use your exhulted office to communicate to Dr Ezechi Chukwu to cease from parading himself as the president of Ohanaeze, Imo State Chapter as we do not see him as such again.
“For his pecuniary interest, Dr Ezechi Chukwu went about co-opting unknown people, who are not registered members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Imo while sidelining completely known and respected members of Imo Ohanaeze.
“Presently, there exists near irreconcilable factions in both important wings of Igbo socio-cultural organization in Imo State. The warring groups were orchestrated by Dr Ezechi Chukwu to pave way for him to make fraudulent income using Ohanaeze without challenges from any angle.”
The letter was addressed to the President General of Ohanaeze, Dr. Nnia Nwodo urging him to ask the Imo Ohanaeze Ndigbo President to immediately step aside or risk crisis as they would not back down on their resolve to impeach him.Dr. Chukwu was yet to react to the allegations and the subsequent impeachment at the time of filing this report.