A former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Prof. George Obiozor, has emerged President-General of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
He was chosen in an election held at Dan Anyim stadium in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Sunday.
Obiozor scored 304 votes to beat two other contestants.
He had emerged as a consensus candidate at Imeobi meeting convened by the Nwodo-led executive of Ohaneze Ndigbo, but his emergence was described as unconstitutional by some aspirants, who had boycotted the election.
Present at the election were the Governors of Imo and Ebonyi State, Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Minister of Science and technology Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Andy Uba, former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Gary Igariwe, ArchBishop of the Enugu Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma and a host of other senators and lawmakers from the southeast and south-south.
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 former Nigeria’s former ambassador to Israel, from 1999 to 2003.