As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressive Congress, APC battle for the soul of the Osun State in the Gubernatorial election, the Igbos in the 19 Northern Nigeria and Abuja also converged in Kano State, Nigeria to elect it’s leaders that will preside over the affairs of the group for the next three years.
IDA was formed 27 years ago, precisely in 1991 by the Izu Umunna in Jos, Plateau State with the mandate of presiding over the welfare of the Igbos in Northern Nigeria.
Delegates, five each from the 19 Northern states and Abuja stormed Mandela Hotels, Middle Road, Kano State, Nigeria on the 22nd September, 2018, breaking into two interest groups. One led by the incumbent President General, Chief Chi Nwogu and the other led by his Deputy, Dr. C.C Ajali.
This culminated into several serious meetings of horse trading, politicking and lobbying and at the end, the elections process commenced at 9.12pm with the Executive meeting that lasted for over five hours.
At the end of this meeting, the major contender, Dr. Ajali stepped down for Chi Nwogu at about 2.07am and the screening by way of states paying their yearly dues commenced at the general meeting.
Following this development, almost all other contestants stepped down and most of the positions became unopposed.
Those who were returned unopposed include the Deputy President North West, Chief Barr. Chris Nnoli, Deputy President North Central, Chief Engr. Tony Nwaorah and the Secretary General, Austin O. Ifedinezi.
Others are Chief Kenneth Okeugo, Treasurer, Engr. Michael Agbai, Fin. Sec., Comrade Emeka Udibe, National Public Relations Officer, Chief Dominic Eze Uzu, PRO, North West, Comrade Kali O. Kali, PRO North Central and Emeka D. Ogbonna, PRO North East.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected President General, Chief Chi Nwogu promised to carry every member along for the progress of Igbos in the North.