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LAGOS, Nigeria—In an urgent communication issued on June 11, 2024, the Conveners of 281 Obidient Movement support groups, organisations, and Super PACs strongly cautioned members of their movement against associating with Marcel Ngogbehei, whom they describe as a “mercenary of disintegration”.

Ngogbehei, recently appointed by former Labour Party National Chairman Julius Abure as the director of mobilisation and integration, has been declared persona non-grata within the Obidient Movement.

The coalition’s statement warns that any support group or individual within the movement who aligns with Ngogbehei does so “at their own peril.”

“We categorically state that given his tainted history and character, any support group or individual within the Obidient Movement that chooses to associate with Marcel Ngogbehei does so at their own peril,” the statement emphasised.

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Background of the Dispute

The controversy began in late May 2024, when Abure announced the creation of an “Obedient Directorate” within the Labour Party, appointing Ngogbehei to lead this new entity.

This move was met with immediate resistance from Peter Obi, the leader of the Obidient Movement, who reiterated the movement’s independence from any political party.

“I categorically state that the Obidient Movement is not a directorate of any particular political party. Any individual or individuals claiming to be leaders of this non-existent directorate are simply not members of the broader Obidient Movement,” Obi declared on June 5, 2024, via his official social media accounts.

Despite Obi’s denunciation, Ngogbehei continued his efforts to integrate the Obidient Movement into the Labour Party’s framework.

His first action as director was to appoint Joseph Maigari to lead the so-called Obidient Harmonisation Committee, a move seen as an overreach by the movement’s leaders.

Ngogbehei’s Controversial History

The statement from the Obidient Movement details Ngogbehei’s controversial past, including his removal from several leadership positions.

According to the statement, he was sacked as the leader of the Coalition of Peter Obi in 2022, expelled from the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) in the same year, and removed as the campaign coordinator for an Imo State gubernatorial candidate in 2023.

“Marcel’s involvement in the Obidient Movement has been a disgraceful escapade,” the statement asserts, describing him as “a divisive individual of unknown provenance, with a verminous reputation.”

The Movement’s Resolution

The coalition’s leaders are firm in their stance against Ngogbehei, viewing his actions as a deliberate attempt to undermine the movement’s solidarity. They warn that any group or individual aligning with him will face severe consequences, including ostracism from the Obidient Movement.

“Marcel Ngogbehei’s actions are not merely those of a dissenting voice but of a calculated effort to dismantle the solidarity that has been the cornerstone of our movement,” the statement continues. “His machinations serve only to further the interests of those who seek to see us divided and weakened.”

The statement concludes with a call for vigilance and unity among all members of the Obidient Movement, emphasising the non-negotiable nature of their integrity and cohesion.

The Obidient leaders’ full press statement is republished below in full.

Warning Against Collaboration with Marcel Ngogbehei – A Paid Agent of Disintegration

Date: June 11, 2024

In light of recent developments and the ongoing attempts to fragment and destabilise our movement, we, the undersigned Conveners of the 280 Obidient Support Groups, Organisations, and Super PACs, issue this urgent and unequivocal warning to all members of the Obidient Movement.

It has come to our attention that Marcel Ngogbehei, a notorious mercenary of disintegration, is actively orchestrating efforts to fracture the unity and strength of the Obidient Movement.

Recently appointed by Julius Abure, the esrtwhile National Chairman of the Labour Party as the director of mobilisation and integration of the party, Marcel has now been declared a persona non-grata in the Obidient Movement.

We categorically state that given his tainted history and character, any support group or individual within the Obidient Movement that chooses to associate with Marcel Ngogbehei does so at their own peril.

Backstory

In late May 2024, Julius Abure, then National Chairman of the Labour Party, announced plans to create an ill-advised “Obedient Directorate” in the party. He appointed the self-proclaimed “Obidient Leader,” Marcel Ngogbehei, to head this dubious creation.

However, on June 5, 2024, our Leader, His Excellency Peter Obi, was unmistakably clear and emphatic in condemning Marcel and his cohorts.

In a statement published on his official social handles, he declared, “I categorically state that the Obidient Movement is not a directorate of any particular political party. Any individual or individuals claiming to be leaders of this non-existent directorate are simply not members of the broader Obidient Movement.”

This pronouncement was a direct and unequivocal repudiation of Marcel and his associates.

Undeterred by this public denouncement, this band of DisObidients brazenly continued with their scheme to subsume the Obidient Movement under the Labour Party.

It is not a mere coincidence that Marcel, an unemployed, UK-based opportunist with a well-documented history of dubious integrity, was handpicked to spearhead this controversial directorate—a move made without any consultation with our esteemed leader.

By his very nature and antecedents, Marcel is a divisive individual of unknown provenance, with a verminous reputation. His track record is replete with demotions and expulsions: sacked as the leader of the Coalition of Peter Obi in 2022, expelled from the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) in 2022, and removed as the campaign coordinator for an Imo State gubernatorial candidate in 2023. Marcel’s involvement in the Obidient Movement has been a disgraceful escapade.

First Strike, Enough Warning

In his audacious display of disloyalty, Marcel revealed his true intentions immediately after being inaugurated as the new director of the renamed Directorate of Mobilisation and Integration.

His first act was to issue a certificate of appointment to one Joseph Maigari, assigning him the leadership of the so-called Obidient Harmonisation Committee.

One must ask: by what right does a Labour Party official presume to make appointments within the Obidient Movement? The answer is evident: this is a calculated manoeuvre to undermine our Apex Leader, HE Peter Obi, and dismantle his global political structure.

While the combined force of our leader’s statement and the collective will of Obidients worldwide thwarted the initial coup orchestrated by Marcel and Abure, their ambitions remain unquenched, cloaked now in a new guise.

We must remain vigilant and resolute. We cannot allow these subversive actions to fracture our unity and derail our mission. The integrity and cohesion of the Obidient Movement are paramount, and we will not tolerate any attempts to compromise our collective goals.

Our Resolution

Marcel Ngogbehei’s actions are not merely those of a dissenting voice but of a calculated effort to dismantle the solidarity that has been the cornerstone of our movement. His machinations serve only to further the interests of those who seek to see us divided and weakened.

Therefore, any support group or member that chooses to align with Ngogbehei will face severe repercussions, including being ostracised by the Obidient Movement.

Such entities will be deemed DisObidient and treated as rebels against the very ideals we stand for.

Our movement’s integrity and cohesion are paramount, and our unity is non-negotiable.

We will not tolerate any actions that threaten to derail our mission or compromise our collective goals.

Let this serve as a final warning: collaboration with Marcel Ngogbehei is a direct affront to the Obidient Movement and will be met with the strictest measures.

We urge all members to remain vigilant and steadfast in their commitment to our shared vision. Let us stand united against any forces that seek to divide us.

Signed,

The 281 Conveners of Obidient Support Groups, Organisations, and Super PACs

1. Mubarak Bawa
Convener
The Obidient Conveners Collective
Comprising 221 Peter Obi Support Group
07067691945

2. Kelvin Japkor
Director-General
Peter Obi Support Network (POSN)
09059976588

3. Ekene Nwakuche
Co-Convener
Like Minds for Peter Obi (LMPO)
07054009099

4. Hon. Justin Kingland
Convener
Nigeria Needs Peter Obi (NNPO)
08107438819

5. Dr. Ebere Obiesie
Convener
Women for Peter Obi (WPO)
08033097454

6. Jude Akhidenor
Founding Member
Super Influencers for Peter Obi
08122859485

7. Ephraim Adiele
Executive Director
Victory Action PAC
08113653860

8. Chibuike Agbanu
Co-Convener
Anambra Need VCO
07051879042

9. Emeke Clement, Ph.D.
National Convener
Rescue Nigeria Mission(RNM) & OBIdients for HE Peter Obi
07032997332

10. Mrs Eze Justina
Convener
Benevolent Women Organisation
08169795438

11. Amb Angela Ibe
Convener
PRO CISHAN
08032146288

12. Chief B. O. Nnaji
Convener
The Patriot Ambassadors (TPA)
07065801954

13. Ejekwuone Azuka
Convener
Concern Movement for Obi-Datti
07035439222

14. Engr John Dalyop Mancha
Convener
Re-energise Obi Movement (ROM)
07039350337

15. Mr Chinedu E. O. Nwuguru
Convener
Obi-Datti Youth Movement (ODYM)
07035089788

16. Hon Clement Etim Udo
Convener
Deliver Your Unit For Obi (DYUFO)
08037464903

17. Lady Ijeoma Harold Okoro
National Convener
Peter Obi Solidarity Group Nigeria (POSGN)
08033281539

18. Lawrence Ngbe
National Convener
Good Governance Support Network (GGSN)
08099065050

19. Ihemadu Ahumonye Nkemjika, Ph.D.
Convener
Women Are Part of The Plan Organization (WAPP)
+2348133770277

20. Chucks Ezurike
For: Labour Party Support Movement (LPSM)
08033195689

21. Abuh Emmanuel
National Convener
ITMedia Operations Support
09081912828

22. Hon Ikenna Mbanefo
Convener
YES Peter Obi Support Group (YESPOSG)
08033464571

23. Comrade Emeka Iwuoha
Convener
Peter Obi Supporters (POS)
08093329232

24. Princess Ifeoma Bassey
Convener
Peter Obi Prayer Support Group
08034715116

25. Comrade Peter U. Ndukwu
Convener
Give Us Peter Obi Movement
08035281611

26. Mazi Chima Uzobuihe
Convener
Obidient Global Movement (OGM)
+1-240-784-0857

27. Comrade Andrew O. Adanu
Convener
Obi Volunteers Guard (OVG)
08069661174

28. Comrade Matthew Igiogio Oritseweyimi
Convener
Nigerians Ask For Obi-Datti
08032263757

30. Comrade Joel Timothy Oche
Benue State Coordinator We Are The Structure (WATS)
07062867940

31. Barr. Kenneth Tarikoro
Convener
Peter Obi Rescue Mission
08098229644

32. Comrade Ikponmwosa Oweie James
Convener
Good Governance #PO4P
08078701825

33. Hon. Edwin Ofordile
Convener
Peter Obi Comrades Assembly (POCA)
08033733112

34. Arch Chinelo Ofoche
Team OHO
08105558535

35. Sunday Ken Awoji
Convener
Nollywood Ambassadors Int’l Initiative Solidarity Group (NAIISG)
08065372587

36. Dr. Moses Anongu
Peter Obi Support Movement (POSM) 08065594529

37. Barr. Samuel Dido
Convener
One Million March for PO Plateau State
07035638786

38. Jerry Bako
Convener
New Nigeria Movement for PO Nationwide
08036494765

39. Comrade Sampson Ifedimma
Convener
Obidatti Youth Support Alliance (ODYSA) 08039661240

40. Comrade Ikenna Jude Oyekwe
National Convener
Peter Obi Supporters Movement Nationwide
07044132562

41. Lady Evang Gladys Ngozi Joseph
National President
Nigeria Obidient Women Forum (NOWF)
08065606574

42. Comrade Tony Bright
Co-Convener
Peter Obi Ahmed Movement (POAM)
08132414475

43. Mr Ozone Agbakuru
Convener/Coordinator Peter Obi Vanguard Support Group Abuja
08075757534

44. Dr Ben Chukwu
Convener
Professionals for Obi-Datti Presidency (PODP)
07032454447

45. Engr. Larry O. Egwuenu
Convener
Nigerian Elites for Peter Obi (NEFPO)
08035389612

48. Chief JP I. Ezeani
Convener
Obi-Datti Mandate Global Call for Justice
08143682714

49. Comrade Chinyere Okpara
Convener
Movement 4 Good Governance
Convener Nigeria Women For Good Governance
08037625960

50. Oludo Rosemoon Nzeribe
National President
Igbo Women Ambassadors Association (IWAA)
08035555706

51. Rosemary Agbo
Convener
National Help for the Needy Support
07065693335

52. Richard A. Ugbe
Convener
Peter Obi Like Minds
08133600665

53. Ozone Agbakuru
Convener/Coordinator
Peter Obi Vanguard Support Group Abuja
08075757534

54. Barr (Amb.) Victor Opurum
Convener
2023 Ambassadors for Obi-Datti
08136704995

55. Bernard Moses Ikong
Convener
Obi-Datti Ambassadors (OA)
08125869669
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57. Ugomma Rosemary Onyewuchi
Convener
United Tribe Network for ObiDatti
08069565661

58. Obimma PC Ezeokwelu
Convener
Peter Obi for President (POFP)
08033017379

59: Arch. Dumebi Ugboh
Convener
Obi-Datti Youth PAC (Political Action Committee)
07081709975

60. Comrade Dominion Onyeukwu
Convener
Good Governance Movement (GGM)
08062450567

61. Dr. Deka
Convener
Peter Obi National Mandate (PONAM)
0803 214 9458

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