The National President, Ohanaeze Women Organization Worldwide, Chief Mrs. Calista Adimachukwu has threatened to head for court over what she called lies against her in the media.
Adimachukwu said in a press statement she personally issued over the weekend, and obtained by DAILY POST, that a member of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Odozi Nwodozi, loyal to the embattled President-General of the organization, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, was spreading falsehood against her in the media.
She said her attention was drawn to a publication “by one Odozi Nwodozi who falsely claimed that the Ohanaeze Women Wing headed by Calista Adimachukwu and Ohanaeze Youth Wing headed by Okechukwu Isinguzoro are in Abuja for a purported endorsement of President Buhari for second term and that our mandates have since expired at the dissolution of our groups.
“This is just the last desperate act by Chief Nnia Nwodo, by proxy, to tarnish my reputation. I want to state categorically that the Women Wing was inaugurated on 31st January, 2015 and as such our mandate ends on 31st January, 2019 because we were elected for a term of four years.”
She further claimed that “due to the maladministration and high-handedness of Chief Nnia Nwodo, the women officially pulled out of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo main body through Resolution by the Women Executives on the 3rd of June, 2017, before their so-called dissolution of the groups in September 2017, to which Ohanaeze Ndigbo was notified through Chief Nnia Nwodo.
“He never denied our accusations against him for gross misconduct and high-handedness, and he never negotiated with the women diplomatically nor contested our pulling out in court till date. The general public and the government should take note that there is no more Women Wing within the Ohanaeze main body either now or in the future, because of the fact that Ohanaeze Women Wing is now a legally existing entity of its own with the name Ohanaeze Igbo Women Organization Worldwide.
“Based on the constitution of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo has no legal right to conduct any election for the women, as that authority by constitution is reserved for the women group.
“I also want to issue a stern warning to Odozi Nwodozi for purporting that I am currently in Abuja seeking to endorse President Buhari. This is false because I have been in Nnewi, Anambra state for over one week now, and the Ohanaeze Igbo Women Organization Worldwide has not endorsed any candidate for 2019 elections.
“If we are to endorse a candidate, we must have a wide consultation with all Igbo leaders, because Igbos are Republicans by nature. Issues are discussed in Igbo land before decisions are reached. We do not operate a dictatorial organization like Chief Nnia Nwodo, who operates like Imperial Majesty, Supreme Leader and Commander-in -Chief of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“Therefore, Odozi Nwodozi must tender an apology within 21 days through the same medium he used to slander and defame my character or face legal action.”