[ Umu Igbo, Please Cross-Post Widely To Other Igbo Fora ] I urge ndi Igbo to visit WIC web site at www.worldigbocongressinc.com to review the 25Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2009View Source[ Umu Igbo, Please Cross-Post Widely To Other Igbo Fora ]
"I urge ndi Igbo to visit WIC web site at www.worldigbocongressinc.com to review the 25 counts complaint as I further promise to update you, in our web site." Nonsense - What happened to WIC original website?Going to court? Let's hope not with Abia money.
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Subject: [Ndiigbo-Atlanta] WIC SUES JOE ETO, JOS OKEKE AND OTHERS FOR MISAPPROPRIATION, FRAUD AND MORE
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:42:27 +0000
A MESSAGE FROM THE
CHAIRMAN OF WORLD IGBO CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE STATE OF THE WORLD IGBO CONGRESS, INC.
My people, Greetings.
Following the attempted theft of the corporate identity and goodwill of World Igbo Congress (WIC), the Diaspora Apex Igbo organization, by Joseph Eto, J.O.S. Okeke and others, the Board of Directors of World Igbo Congress mandated the Officers of WIC to use every legal means necessary to restore the corporate integrity of WIC. Well, ndi Igbo, I am saddened to inform you that after giving our errant brethren almost one year to retrace their mischievous ways and after they rebuffed efforts and overtures by Igbo Governors, Royal Fathers, Igbo Elders, the Igbo Religious and Political Class and Igbo Leaders of thought, WIC has been compelled to seek redress in this matter in the United States District Court in Houston, Texas with a twenty five (25) Counts complaint. While WIC has no intention of litigating this matter on the World Wide Web, we intend to keep the Diaspora Igbo Community and our brethren at home adequately informed of the State of Ofo ndi Igbo in Diaspora.
In a recent mail in the Internet from the ring leader of this renegade bunch, acknowledging his receipt of WIC’s Summons and Complaint for their attempted theft and fraudulent misappropriation of WIC Trade Name and Goodwill, he assured his supporters that he has the resources to sustain their foolery. It is good to know that he does. He will need it. I urge ndi Igbo to visit WIC web site at www.worldigbocongressinc.com to review the 25 counts complaint as I further promise to update you, in our web site, on this matter as we navigate this tortuous trail. The time for such silly lies as having the imprimatur of 18 WIC Affiliates out of 23 WIC Affiliates and yet running from a WIC election instead of running in the election is over. It is show me time.
Ndi Igbo, I am compelled to touch on various matters that confront WIC as an organization and Diaspora ndi Igbo as a people. I urge you to evaluate the information I will provide you and reach your individual conclusions on the matters. These are verifiable information, and I urge each and everyone of you to verify them.
Contrary to what you may have been told, these are the verifiable facts for anyone who cares for the truth:
1. World Igbo Congress, Inc. was originally registered with the Texas Secretary of States Office on December 9, 1994 by Attorney Ken Okorie as the Registered Agent, with registration number 133566701.
2. On March 30 1998, World Igbo Congress Foundation, Inc., was registered with the Texas Secretary of States Office by Dr. JOS Okeke as the Registered Agent, with registration number 148483201
3. On April 29, 1998, Attorney Ken Okorie registered “World Igbo Foundation” with registration number 14884370. However, this registration has remained dormant and inactive until this day.
4. Then on April 11, 2008 a company named Americana Business Consultants, as the Registered Agent, registered “World Igbo Congress, Inc” with the Texas Secretary of States Office with registration number 800964086. See attachment A below with the date of original registration.
5. On June 24, 2008, some body by the name Jeff U. Ohanaja, as the Registered Agent, registered “World Igbo Congress Foundation, Inc”, with the Texas Secretary of States Office with registration number 800995625 and original registration date as June 24, 2008. See attachment B with the date of original
As can be seen, the registration listed in item numbers 1, 2 and 3 above are the original WIC registrations with the State of Texas Secretary of States' Office.
When WIC became aware of the unauthorized re-registrations of World Igbo Congress, Inc. and World Igbo Congress Foundation, by this Americana Business Consultants and the certain Jeff U. Ohanaja, in numbers 4 and 5 above, the Vice Chairman of WIC, Dr. Joe Nosiri and myself met with the Director of Corporate Registrations in Texas, Mr. Randy Moes and his other staffers, Ms. Rhonda Bedford, Ms. Carmen Flores and the Corporate Registration Supervisor, Ms. Michelle Robinson.
According to them:
(a) When WIC did not respond to three letters from the Texas Secretary of State, sent to J.O.S. Okeke’s address, as WIC’s former Registered Agent, advising WIC of the lapsing WIC Corporate Status, the State of Texas voluntarily dissolved the Corporations, placing them in an “Involuntarily dissolved” status. The fore said three letters from Texas Secretary of States’ office were not forwarded to any WIC Officer by J.O.S. Okeke, but rather he sent a letter to the Texas Secretary of State, consenting to a certain Americana Business Consultants and a Jeff U. Ohanaja to register World Igbo Congress, Inc. and World Igbo Congress Foundation, Inc. on April 11, 2008 and June 24, 2008 respectively. See Attachment C.
(b) The Senior Counsel at the Texas Secretary of State’s Office explained to us that the registrations from both Americana Business Consultants and certain Jeff U. Ohanaja are new organizations with new State registrations numbers issued on their dates of registration that are quite different from original WIC and WIC Foundation registration numbers.
(c) The Senior Counsel further showed us a State statute that ALLOWS the State of Texas to Amend and REACTIVATE an a Corporation that the State placed on an Involuntarily dissolved Status as long as the original reason for the lapse was corrected.
(d) On October 31, 2008, WIC completed all the State of Texas requirements and reactivated the two original WIC Registrations in the State of Texas, that were registered on December 9, 1994 with registration 133566701 and on March 30, 1998 with Registration number 148483201. These registrations are matters of public record with the State of Texas Secretary of States Office and can also be seen on the WIC web site.
My people, despite the self serving lies and innuendoes of our misguided brethren, the Texas registrations of World Igbo Congress, Inc. and World Igbo Congress Foundation, Inc. are intact for Ndi Igbo and anyone who wants to verify this information can access the Secretary of State of Texas’s web site and/or office to view the official records and documents.
To ensure that WIC and Ndi Igbo will never again be subjected to the type of mindless game that was played by these our misguided brethren in manipulating our Corporate name and image, WIC has therefore been also registered in:
· State of Georgia
· District of Columbia
· State of New Jersey
· State of California and several other jurisdictions.
While World Igbo Congress has no desire to stop anyone or any group from forming and registering organizations, WIC will not tolerate any attempt by any individual or group to use the name World Igbo Congress. No body will be allowed to steal the organization’s name, image, goodwill and/or likeness.
THE FORMER WIC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DR. ANTHONY EJIOFOR:
Before I speak of the last elections, I must make a few remarks about the DISMISSED WIC Executive Director, Dr. Anthony Ejiofor. I considered this man a friend with whom I broke bread with his family. I will never think or say anything derogatory about his person. As a Manager who has responsibility to supervise his work for WIC, it was my duty to re-direct his actions when he deviated from his duties and mandate.
The former Executive Director, Dr. Ejiofor, was excellent with power point presentations. His ideas however, most of the time was extremely speculative. My Executive had a very hard time convincing the good Dr. that before we can build all these speed trains and optic cables and the like all over Ala Igbo, we may first need to have our roads graded.
He kept insisting on these European Investors he has lined up all over the place who are ready to descend on Igboland and transform the whole place. He was convinced that he has all these contacts at the UN and the World Bank who will soon finance Ala Igbo into the 22nd century. All these claims looked terrific on power-point presentations until I started asking serious questions about these investors……such as company names, addresses, contact information, copies of grant applications, etc.
Then, suddenly, on March 15, 2008, The Executive Director submitted a proposal to the Executive of WIC. In this submittal, he requested that the WIC Foundation, Inc, which is the fund-raising arm of WIC be placed under his independent control. He termed it the creation of a “machinery to implement the objectives of WIC”. He asked that a 45-member Board be created, independent of the existing WIC Board of Directors and all these placed under his charge. He will maintain authority of the purse and approve and oversee fund-raising, collections and disbursements……etc.
The WIC Executive was not amused, to say the least, by this submittal as it depicted a mind-set that has completely gone amuck. On March 24, 2008, based on the decision of the Executive, I wrote an official letter to the Executive Director denying his proposal. In due course and for obvious reasons, these materials will become matters of public record.
From that moment, everything went haywire. Among his many other weird demands, the ED called and insisted that he could no longer do his job unless I fired the Secretary General of World Igbo Congress. I then called him on the phone and reminded him that the Secretary General was elected, not appointed by the Chairman. That the Secretary General actually reports to the WIC Board of Directors and most importantly, I advised the good Dr. that as an employee and non-elected operative of WIC, he must steer clear of WIC politics. If he wanted to engage in WIC politics, he should resign and join all the others. I also made his close friends and our mutual friends to reach him and speak with him. They did and in due course and for obvious reasons also, these people will attest to my representation.
As I stated earlier, I have no personal beef with WIC former ED, Dr. Ejiofor. His ‘snake oil’ approach to Igbo issues does not, and can never sit well with me. Matters for Ndi Igbo are too dear to me than the wired whims of a scheming Prof. He may disagree, but documented facts say the contrary. Ndi Igbo are right in stating that you have to be close to someone to actually smell his/her mouth.
WIC ELECTIONS – LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2008.
My people, another issue that has been debated lately is the last WIC election at Tampa, Florida. A lot of lies and misinformation have characterized the discussions on this matter. Now, here are the facts. In stating the facts here, I urge everyone to remove the personalities involved and simply examine the facts on their merits ALONE.
All of you have heard that 18 affiliates out of 23 affiliates of WIC gathered somewhere in Tampa and elected Joseph Eto President of WIC (even though WIC’s Constitution calls for the election of a Chairman and not President). These 18 affiliates have remained NAMELESS and FACELESS.
MY CHALLENGE: If anyone, I repeat, if anyone can publish for the Diaspora Igbo Community the names of these “18 WIC Affiliate Organizations” that support Joseph Eto, I, Ichie Onwuchekwe will do the following from the date such a list is published:
1. Realizing that 18 out of 23 WIC affiliate Organizations represent an overwhelming majority by all standards, anyone with such a support should and must be allowed to enjoy his/her mandate.
2. Starting from the date of publication of such a list, I will convene an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors of WIC within two weeks or less and at such a meeting resign as Chairman of WIC to allow the WIC Board swear in a new WIC Chairman.
If this challenge, as simple as it is cannot be met, I then urge all the people that are speaking on this matter without facts to spare ndi Igbo grief.
WIC has a Constitution which I, and the rest of WIC elected officers, swore to uphold and defend. This Constitution was in effect as we went to Tampa and remains in effect today. It has not been amended since it was last amended in Detroit in 2005. This Constitution is specific regarding WIC elections.
In accordance with this Constitution, the WIC Board of Directors met as they have always done during the 2nd Quarterly meeting of an election year to set up a deadline during which ALL Affiliate Organizations that wish to participate in the elections should bring their status up to date.
The renegade group, including the bearer of their flickering fame, was at that WIC Board of Directors meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in June of 2008, and they signed the Attendance Register and voted with the Board to set August 15, 2008 as the deadline for all affiliates to bring their status up to date and pay all their outstanding dues to qualify to participate in the elections in Tampa, Florida.
The then WIC Financial Secretary, Mr. Sylvan Odobulu, who was in charge of clearing affiliates after receiving their payments, published the list of the affiliates that complied with the pre-election requirements in Tampa. I will also direct the Secretary General to publish this list in the WIC web site and for obvious reason, it will also become a matter of public record in due course.
The fact was that when the list was published and the renegade group discovered that they had no support, they ran from the election venue. If Joseph Eto had even a scintilla of prospect of prevailing in the last WIC election, he would have been there at the election floor making certain that his support holds. His present scheme is consistent with the common plan and scheme he pulled when he was defeated in the WIC Coalition election leading to the 2005 General Election. Here is a coward who suddenly became emboldened.
For the records:
(a) Uche Agomoh, who now parades himself as Joe Etoh’s Vice President, or is it Vice Chairman, is from Nneji Ndi Igbo of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. As we arrived in Tampa, Nneji Ndi Igbo owed WIC $2,500 in back dues and was declared ineligible to participate in WIC elections. These facts can be easily verified.
(b) As we arrived in Tampa, Igbo Cultural Association of Michigan owed WIC $1,000 in back dues and was not eligible to participate in WIC elections. The organization’s President Mr. Matthias Mgbeafulu can testify to this fact and he participated in other aspects of the Convention with us at the Tampa Hyatt Regency Hotel, but not the elections because he knows what the Constitution says. Lo and behold, now a character out of Michigan by the name of Nwaguru holds himself out as a default “secretary” of Joe Eto’s WIC. When did WIC start appointing individuals to Executive Offices?
(c) The most outrageous case is that of a character who lives in New Orleans who calls himself the “pro” of Joseph Eto’s WIC. This character who, by his own admission, was never in Tampa, during the labor-day weekend in 2008 during the World Igbo Congress Convention and/or Election, but this character has no qualms calling himself an officer of WIC. My people, can anyone tell us when and how someone can get elected as WIC official in absentia against the expressed provision of WIC's Constitution? Where is the outrage? The saddest part of this character’s behavior is that records have it that he is at that age that Ndi Igbo regard as “very elderly” yet all his actions cannot even be attributed to children in kindergarten. Now, he is at the center of the problems that appear to be brewing within the New Orleans Igbo Community. My people, it is time for serious self examination.
The WIC elections in Tampa was conducted according to the letters of the WIC Constitution. The Election was recorded, and it remains on the WIC web site for everyone evaluate on a personal level. There, you will learn of the affiliates that were eligible to participate and participated. You will learn of who voted. You will learn of those who were elected and you will see who conducted the elections.
It is not enough to be motivated by baseless ambition and amateurish coup de tat attempts. If we allow inordinate ambition to dismember WIC, where will the dismemberment stop? The Board of Directors of WIC and the House of Delegates mandated the WIC Executive to take every necessary step to restore and protect the corporate integrity of World Igbo Congress, and as long as I am Chairman, this charge is a priority, and it must met.
I use this opportunity to recognize the will of Ndi Igbo everywhere within the Diaspora as people have risen to denounce evil. I am greatly motivated by the actions and commitment of the following new WIC affiliates:
1. Ndi Igbo Atlanta, Inc…. At the last joint BOD/HOD meeting in Newark, New Jersey, Ndi Igbo Atlanta, Inc. fulfilled all the applicable requirements of a new WIC affiliate. They paid their membership dues and registered with WIC to replace the defunct IUA. Their new Board members were seated and to Ndi Igbo Atlanta, In. We salute you all for your commitment to Ndi Igbo and your courage.
2. Igbo Union, New Jersey….. This vibrant organization replaced the defunct Igbo-USA, New Jersey, and their energy has been unbelievable. They hosted the best Board meeting anyone can remember in a long time. To the leaders of Igbo Union, New Jersey, we doff our hats. I would have mentioned names, but the list is too long. Please keep up the Igbo spirit.
3. Igbo Union, Inc, Houston…. Another vibrant organization that has replaced the defunct Igbo Peoples Congress, Houston. Ndi Houston are itching to welcome Ndi Igbo back to where this WIC thing started. My people, the future of Ndi Igbo in the Diaspora has never been brighter.
4. Ndi Igbo Canada….. Finally, our brothers to the North have spread the welcome mat for Ndi Igbo. The date is June 6, 2009 and everyone, I repeat, everyone is invited. I have been reliably informed that Ndi Igbo from various other areas of Canada will converge in Toronto for this important meeting. I really urge everyone in the Diaspora Igbo Community to attend. I am greatly encouraged by the number of those who have called to confirm that they have booked their flights. There is a new energy within the Igbo Diaspora Community……come and be a part of it.
5. I also salute all the other WIC affiliates who have remained true to the cause. There is always a great reward for those who labor in the vine yard………it shall be well with Ndi Igbo!
TO ALL THE OTHERS:
I have come to develop a different perspective to being in the fore front of the Igbo service “wagon”. Ndi Igbo are great people, whether you agree with them or not. I challenge anyone to name anyone who walked out into the circle to serve Ndi Igbo or even a people, whether on voluntary basis or for pay…..who was not called names and insulted by people who do not even know him/her. Is it the the Great Zik of Africa? Is it our Great Ikemba Nnewi? Is it Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Is Mahatma Ghandi or is it even our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
I can share the frustration of all these people who spend a lot of their time on the Internet writing endlessly about WIC, Ichie and whatever else…. Their frustration must stem from the fact that all the good points they convince themselves they are making never seem to get any traction. There is a reason for this problem, and I will also suggest a solution.
1. Remember that WIC has a Board of Directors to whom the Executive reports. Nothing, I repeat, nothing that Ichie or the Secretary General does that is not approved by the WIC Board of Directors. Should such happen, the Board can impeach such Executive Officer(s), per WIC Constitution. Therefore, for everyone out there who is shouting “foul” at the top of his/her lungs without any facts, there are dozens and dozens of Board Members who have the facts and are encouraging the Chairman and the Executive to stay the course in implementing the mandate of the Board. That is our priority.
2. In all honesty, whom must the Chairman take directives from, the WIC Board with the facts, whom he reports to or the handful of bystanders, without facts, exercising their hecklers veto and shouting themselves hoarse or wearing their fingers thin on computer keyboards in some basement or shall say cowardly pseudo mystery wimp who has been regurgitating his puke with the name ifeanyi igbamkpu for Knoxville, Tennessee.
Believe it or not, the best way to get your opinions count is to be a part of the system. Join your local organization and follow them to the meetings where Ndi Igbo gather to discuss Igbo matters. Anyone who has any issue to discuss that affects Ndi Igbo should show up at the meeting in Toronto on June 06, 2009. I pledge that whatever you want to discuss, you will be given the podium and time to do so. If you want the Chairman crucified, show up and I will personally provide you an opportunity to make the motion, and I will insist that it be discussed. If your motion prevails, I will pay out-of my pocket for the cross, including the cost of labor for the carpenter. If you do not prevail, at least you will leave the meeting with a new perspective. I challenge as many as are inclined to take up this challenge and let us meet face to face. It will do all of us good.
If you happen to have a superior idea and/or message Ndi Igbo need to focus on, we shall all focus on your submittal so long as the majority of the people at the meeting approve. That is the way we do business.
It is sad that the most vocal commentators do not attend any local meetings, do not belong to any organizations, do not attend WIC Conventions, do not attend WIC Board/HOD meetings…….yet they want their personal views imposed on Ndi Igbo. That, my friends, is anti clockwise.
THE MORE IGBO ORGANIZATION, THE MERRIER:
There was a time I used to frown at what msot of us consider as the proliferation of Igbo organizations. I have had time to reflect on these tendencies and reached the following personal conclusions:
1. All these organizations, as many as they may be want the same thing which is to impact the lot of Ndi Igbo positively. I have not seen or heard of any organization yet, whose objective is to destroy Ndi Igbo.
2. No body actually knows where the “salvation” for Ndi Igbo will come from, therefore the more the merrier.
3. I do think that it is now very fashionable for any legitimate Igbo organizations to work with WIC. WIC remains confident that the exchange of ideas with any group of Ndi Igbo will lead to Igbo prosperity as long as the group is legitimate.
4. It is unIgbo for anyone to hoist his/her self on Ndi Igbo. When that happens, Ndi Igbo do not take such actions seriously.
Finally, I will end this address by making some personal comments. Like the proverbial lizard that fell off the iroko tree, I am convinced that I can make personal comments on any matters that are of interest to me in this Diaspora.
I have come to acknowledge three classes of Ndi Igbo in this Diaspora. I will mention some examples and then let everyone determine which class he/she most closely identifies with: