The former Nigerian ambassador to the United States of America, Professor George Obiozor, emerged the new President-General of the Igbo Social-Cultural Organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, on Sunday.
The plebisciteworld.com gathered that Professor Obiozor, scored 304 votes to beat two other contestants to emerge the winner in a just-concluded election at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri, Imo State.
Present at the election was the Governor of Imo, Hope Uzodinma; his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi; Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; Senator Andy Uba, former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Gary Igariwe, ArchBishop of the Enugu Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Anambra State President General, Prince Emeka Festus and a host of other senators and lawmakers from the Southeast and South-South.
It was gathered that before the elections on Sunday, Professor Obiozor had emerged as a consensus candidate at an Imeobi meeting convened by the Nwodo-led executive of Ohaneze Ndigbo, but his emergence was described as unconstitutional by some aspirants.
The 78-year-old professor was Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States from 2004 to 2008.
He was also a former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, former High Commissioner to Cyprus, and also Nigeria’s former ambassador to Israel, from 1999 to 2003.