THE indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) in Ebonyi state on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on the Ebonyi state IPOB deputy coordinator, Mazi Ugochukwu Nweke and Ebonyi central senatorial district coordinator, Mazi Nwoba Chinedu.

This happened after the house has vigorously investigated the reports brought before them against these two persons by the members of IPOB within their area of jurisdiction and beyond, following the violation and contravening of the IPOB bylaw.

Mazi Nweke Ugochukwu the Ebonyi state IPOB deputy coordinator, who's office was declared vacant on Tuesday 28, August 2018 was accused of long period of absent from meetings both unit, zonal, local government, senatorial, state and executive meetings without any reason of his absents either to his state coordinator Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya or the state PRO Bishop Nwachinemere Stanley or the welfare officer Mazi Iduma Onyemachi. The meeting that was presided by Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya the Ebonyi state IPOB coordinator, based their action on the ground that the IPOB bylaw article x (offenses / punishment) under article (iii) section 1 of it which reads: Any member including principal officers who fail to attend meeting three consecutive times without genuine reason shall be summarily dismissed.

The meeting which had in attendance the state executives, senatorial district coordinators and local government area coordinators, passed a vote of no confidence on him and therefore declared his office vacant, because he has been absent from meetings over ten consecutive times since 2017, though busy running his daily activities and business, even when he will be duly informed of the meeting.

When he given the room to explain himself out, he could not present any cogent reason why he stopped attending meetings, he rather turned it to blame game complaining that since he joined IPOB, his business seized to thrive  like before, murmuring that, "it is difficult for me to combine taking care of my family and IPOB activities, my wife almost abandoned  me and my three wards because of my deep involvement in IPOB struggle to restore Biafra".

Meanwhile the house committee set up for the matter after due processes and investigations over allegations levelled against the Ebonyi central senatorial district coordinator Mazi Nwoba Chinedu, that he ordered his entire senatorial district not to pay monthly dues or release the collected fund both state and national, without any reason declared his office vacant.

His offences and dismissal bother on the IPOB bylaw under article viii (condition/penalty) section 1 B: No 6 which centred on: Disobedient to the constituted authority. Article viii section 3 - Multiple offense: with the punishment of dismissal. Article viii section 4 - Unlawful withholding of fund, material/property and information, which is not easily dealt with the provision of the bylaw. Article viii section 5 - centred on Insubordination: which goes against the command and control of IPOB. 

It was on the above penalties against the IPOB bylaw, that the house committee set up to investigate and probe the matters stood on the ground to take their decisions.

When given the opportunity to explain himself out, Mazi Nwoba Chinedu told the house that before the decision taken by the committee came to his hearing, that he had notified his central senatorial district of his readiness to resign and handover to another person, because they don't accord him the needed support regard. Reacting to the allegation levelled on him concerning ordering his senatorial district entirely not to comply to payment of any money or monthly dues either the state or national, he acknowledged giving the order on the reasons best known to him, but has revoked it after the time IPOB African continental representative, Mazi George Onyibe visited the state.

Recall that the state executives invited African Rep, Mazi George Onyibe to Ebonyi state on 4th July, 2018 to address lapses witnessed among some state, senatorial principal officers and respectively, with the inclusion of the above allegations levelled against these persons, which after apologies rendered by the accused person of Nwoba Chinedu during the all-night general meeting anchored by Mazi George Onyibe, thereafter could not change for good. The state deputy coordinator who was duly informed of the gathering on 24 July, 2018 could not attend the meeting and cared not to give any reason on why he could not make it to attend such a crucial meeting, he could not attend any of the several meetings both executive and general held after then till the time of his dismissal on Tuesday 28, August 2018.

The Ebonyi state IPOB coordinator Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya while addressing the house noted that, "it is high time we discipline ourselves, we shall from henceforth make proper use of our bylaw and this bylaw is not going to be a respecter of anybody, there is a need for us to know how many persons that are doing this thing here, if you are tired and can't continue again; better you kindly resign and handover to another person. This is struggle, and a special indeed, this is a critical moment in our struggle to restore Biafra and we can no longer entertain any act of non-seriousness in IPOB Ebonyi state. Do the needful and Chukwu-Okike-Abiama will bless you".

He further lamented over the level of indiscipline among the family of IPOB not just in Ebonyi state, on that note he therefore asked what would be the sanction or punishment to any member whom by any reason hit or fight a colleague either in a meeting or outside the IPOB gathering.

 After several reactions from the committee, they came to a resolution and agreement that any IPOB member in the state who fight a fellow member or comrade either in a meeting or outside, will go for one-month suspension, write an apology letter and make open confession during a general meeting not to engage in such act again.

The meeting which lasted for almost seven hours was attended by the state executives, the two senatorial district coordinators of south, north cum the dismissed central senatorial district coordinator and their Secretaries, many coordinators and Secretaries from the thirteen local government areas in the state according to the directives were equally in attendance and part of the deliberations and decisions taken.

The committee headed by the state coordinator of Ebonyi, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya, concluded it will file in the report on the new development to the appropriate quarters of IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as soon as possible for approval and enactment for possible and speedy replacement in no distant time.

Written by:
Ogeh Friday Igiri
For: Ebonyi State Media.

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