This was disclosed in a communiqué signed by the party's Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Stanley Chira, which was read by the National Chairman, Chief Maxi Okwu after a National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja.
Okwu said: "The National Executive Committee, NEC, of our great party reconfirms and further resolves the earlier decision taken on February 16, 2013 and on March 22, 2013, at the one year anniversary of the demise of our late leader and icon, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
That he remains our symbol and leader the fact of his transit to glory notwithstanding. His wife and next of kin, Iyom Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu is hereby adopted as the living embodiment of his ideals. She shall in his stead be acknowledged as Leader.
She is aware of the existing situation and she gave her consent, and we adopted her. We still respect Governor Peter Obi as one of our leaders, and he is also aware of this development."
Okwu also commended the judgement at the Federal High Court, Abuja, and promised to use it to recover, refocus and rebrand the soul of the party.