Sacked Ohanaeze Ndigbo President, Chief Aguene, Risks Banishment Over Court Judgment​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

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For his alleged anti-Igbo crimes and untoward activities, especially financial impropriety, abuse of female members, arrogance and unconstitutional procurement of a High Court judgment elongating his expired tenure, Igbo leaders, traditional rulers, sons and daughters resident in Lagos, after hours of deliberation at ‘Ime Obi’ yesterday, vowed to Ostracise and banish the embattled impeached president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

At the meeting held in Ikeja, Lagos, Concerned Igbo residents and notable leaders unanimously condemned Chief Aguene’s​ penchants for orchestrating crisis amongst Igbos since he was ‘erroneously and regrettably elected as​ Ohanaeze Ndigbo president for a single term of four years.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

They decried alleged Aguene’s notorious selfish and diabolical desires at Unlawfuly accumulating of​ public funds, unconstitutional activities like installation of his own over 13 Traditional Rulers ( Ndiezes) and vowed to emancipate Ndigbo in Lagos from his ungodly grips.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Recounting ugly issues of slapping a widow identified as​ Mrs. Evelyn for allegedly not heeding his amorous overtures, constant problems​ with his Executives members, local government Chairmen and​ Ohanaeze deputy women leader, the Igbo gathering agreed that Ohanaeze Ndigbo will initiate an investigation to ensure that the impeached former president faces prosecution.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Speaking in unison, APC Chieftain and Eze Ndigbo in Ikeja, Lagos, Eze Uche Dimgba, Eze Tony Anosike of Onigbongbo, Eze​ Ndigbo in Ikosi Isheri, Eze​ Remi Anyamele, Former Ohanaeze Ndigbo president, High Chief Oliver Akubueze, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary-General, Chief Everest Ozonweke, all​ frowned at what they described as sacrilegious, the attempt by Aguene to Create a needless crisis and tear the unity of Ndigbo with his unconstitutional Court Tenure elongation judgment, because of his personal, selfish ambition to remain in office and amass all political patronage and windfalls before, during and after 2023 election.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​ “Definitely Ndigbo is unhappy because of the betrayal by Chief Aguene and after the meeting of Igbo Leaders with Ndiezes, we are going to Ostracize and excommunicate him from all Igbo activities and events, in fact, the treatment he received last week at Bucknor area of Ejigbo, where he was humiliated in public, without recognition, is an indication of what is coming to him soon,” Eze Dimgba said.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Indeed, the contentious Lagos State High Court Ruling that extended the tenure of the embattled president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State chapter, Chief Aguene, to another four years, appears to have finally torn the fragile peace pervading​ affairs of the Pan Igbo Social Cultural group into pieces.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

This is even as aggrieved Igbo leaders, sons, and daughters during a General Assembly meeting, last week Thursday,​ at Calabar Hall,​ Surulere, Lagos, raised a motion before Chief Aguene and​ unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on the embattled president, leading to his impeachment.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Aguene, who was expected to explain the rationale behind the rumoured Court elongation, had while​ presiding over the said Ohanaeze meeting, was said to have neglected Ohanaeze Ndigbo Members,​ refusing to discuss the tenure extension issues, thus leading to immediate agitation and protest, which culminated into the motion of No Confidence.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

It was gathered that Aguene , who had disrespectfully brushed aside the demand​ by members to explain the rationale behind the tenure elongation, was​ rudely shocked, looking into the empty space in total disbelief , as the motion for his​ vote of no confidence was presented, successfully passed and his impeachment announced.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ He was said to have been humiliated by the unexpected Sack, abandoned alone in the hall, as aggrieved Members walk out on him.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​In an interview, Eze​Dimgba explained that it is impossible to have an extension for an Ohanaeze President because it runs contrary to the group’s constitution.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Eze Dimgba, popularly known as Okpetemba,​ who also is an APC Chieftain, told our Correspondent that Ohanaeze legal experts led by former President, Barrister Fabian Onwughala,​ have been briefed and had set up the process of vacating what he called the ‘Kangaroo’ tenure extension judgment in court.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

“There is no way Aguene’s tenure will be extended by even one day because the constitution of Ohanaeze states only one term of​ four years and his tenure ends on 15th July 2022, however, before his tenure could elapse, he went and procured what I will call a “kangaroo” court Judgment, which he said has extended his tenure for four more years.​ “​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​”This is sacrilegious, the question Chief Aguene must answer Ndigbo is this,​ the four years he had served, was it given to him by a court? In the so-called process leading to this judgment, nobody was put on notice, the court just made him a sole Administrator, and all members of his Executive were left out.

“When members confronted him at the General Assembly meeting held at Calabar Hall, he couldn’t explain what happened that made the court give him four years. He rather made everyone know that he has the support of the powers that be and nobody can do anything about it, as he will remain perpetually in Office”.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

It was because of his nonchalant attitude at the General Assembly meeting which he summoned, where he bluffed and disrespectfully treated everyone, that ignited the move by over 50 Ndiezes (Traditional Rulers) and the whole members, I mean the whole house, who rose and unanimously impeached him and that​ impeachment stands. Video evidence is available for anyone to see, he said.”​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

On the way forward, Eze Dimgba confirmed that Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide (National Body), we’re already in Lagos from Enugu​ to supervise the conduct of a fresh Elections next week to allow a new executive to pilot the affairs of Ndigbo. Aspirants in the forthcoming election, he said have purchased their forms for the conduct of a fair and free election.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Collaborating Eze Dimgba’s statement, another Igbo Leader and Eze Ndigbo of Onigbongbo, Eze Tony Anosike, stated that Aguene’s tenure extension was in bad taste and shrouded in bad intentions, unconstitutional, without any bye-law backing it.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​  ​“The national body one month ago told Aguene that they are not giving him a single day after the expiration of his tenure, you don’t serve people by force, it’s an elected Office, I don’t know why he is parading himself looking for court extension, it is not by force to serve people and it is not a selective office but elected Office, he should abide by Ohanaeze laws.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

“That singing for him now know the truth; they are only praising him now because they are collecting money from him, knowing that there is Ohanaeze money in his custody which he doesn’t want to disburse into Ohanaeze purse.

“If Aguene is thinking as a reasonable Igbo man, he should know that he can’t stay one day more than his tenure. We elected him when he contested against Chief Tony Nwakaeze, as a way to bring Ebonyi State indigenes to attend Ohanaeze meetings and events, we supported him, but now he has turned Ohanaeze into his personal business empire. Can Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu after his tenure, go to court and bring tenure extension from court?” he queried.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ As the agitation gathers momentum, yet another Igbo Leader and Eze Ndigbo of Ikosi, Eze Remi​Anyamale, in his own reaction, regretted the development and​said​thus: “the only name for a bad thing is bad,​ ​ there is nothing that can make anybody bend the constitution or the bye-laws of Ohanaeze and that thing will be justified.

“Tenure elongation does not happen​and it is not constitutional. Even if the National Body said it should prevail, we should be allowed to make our comments for record purposes. There was a panel constituted that came up with the view that the election should be thrown open but the National Body thwarted it.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ “There is no such thing as tenure Extension​ and second term and the election must go on. Solomon Aguene’s elongation of tenure is his personal ambition and it is very bad”, Eze Ikosi stated​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​Reacting to his impeachment, Chief Aguene asked, ” Can you impeach somebody that has a Consent Judgment ?,​ How did they impeach me and run​ away, when you impeach somebody, the person will step aside, they threw away chairs and the same person stayed there presided over the meeting until the end”, he bragged.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Likening and comparing his tenure extension court Judgment to that of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, he asked,​has anybody impeached him when he won from the court even though he was fourth? Those challenging me are just doing so out of​ignorance. I will enjoy the benefit of the court judgment I won.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ On the Constitutionality of his two-term presidential ambition, Aguene agreed that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo constitution provides for a single term of four years but pointed out that his second term will not be through the electoral process but by Court judgment which he won through consent.​ ​ ​ ​

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