Founder, 40million Ballots Movement and humanitarian activist Comrade Kennedy Iyere has described as lies the reports by National Publicity Secretary of the Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, in the sinister attempt to cover up what he described as shameful conduct against him.
Iyere alleged that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo compelled him to pay money to the Chairmen of Ohanaeze Ndigbo representing Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Rivers in September 2020 in Awka, Anambra State where Chief Damian Okeke, Anambra Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Alex Ogbonnia, the then Ohanaeze Chairman of Enugu State, demanded that I pay them money.
Iyere further alleged that, “These two men conditionally demanded of me to pay money to the Chairmen of Ohanaeze Ndigbo representing the above-indicated seven States and threatened to exclude Ohanaeze Ndigbo from my Advocacy Project for 2023 Igbo Presidency unless they are paid to be part of it.
“These men got paid by me but did not get involved, rather they chose to use Ohanaeze Ndigbo to fight my high-level advocacy for 2023 Igbo Presidency, which I anchored through the support of Afenifere, PANDEF and Middle Belt Forum.
“Today, I am like a son to the leaders of Afenifere, PANDEF and the Middle Belt Forum because of what I have done to push for the actualization of Igbo Presidency in 2023, while the Obiozor-led Ohanaeze executive members have continued their attempts to frustrate my efforts just the same way they have done over the past two years.
Comrade Iyere buttressed that the pro-Igbo advocacy for the actualization of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction was unveiled in Awka under the name of Global Movement for Igbo Presidency (GLOMIP 2023). The unveiling was conducted on the 6th of October 2020 by His Excellency, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, CFR (Okwadike), former Governor of Anambra State.
Today, our efforts have paid off as Peter Obi is now widely celebrated as the best and favourite candidate among the available options for the 2023 presidential election but Ohanaeze should realize the fact that they fought me secretly just to hinder the struggle for Igbo Presidency in 2023.
“Thank God for people like Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Edwin Clark, Dr Pogu Bitrus, Commodore Dan Suleiman, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife (Okwadike), Prof Ihechukwu Madubuike, Chief Simon Okeke, Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze, Alex Iheke, General Ihekire (Rtd), Chief (Mrs) Chika, Rtd Comptroller Ihagh, Comrade Kenneth Robinson, Barrister Sola Ebisieni, Comrade Ajayi , among others. They are the reasons we have Peter Obi today.
“I worked with all of these great and prominent Nigerians for fighting for the actualization of Igbo Presidency in 2023.