Tension as Anambra community rejects Town Union election

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By Chinwe Nwacha, Onitsha

Incumbent executive of Owerre-Ezukala Development Union, ODU, Orumba South Local Government Area, Anambra state, led by its President General, PG, Chief Luke Chukwu, has rejected the conduct of a fresh election for the community.

The said election which produced Chief Anayo Emejue, as the new President General, PG, has also been described as a kangaroo.

Chief Chukwu said, “we heard they were holding election and that the Local government Transition Chairman Hon. Raymond Onyegu and the Traditional Ruler of the community led the electoral team, police, Federal Road Safety Corps and Civil Defence, to the venue.

“What were the Federal Road Safety Corps doing in the election venue?
The Council Chairman contested the PG election with me and I defeated him and since then he has been fighting, frustrating and
collecting whatever share meant for my community, using his position
as council chairman.

“He masterminded the kangaroo election and he knows the PG case is in both the High court and Appeal court, their action to conduct PG election weekend is contempt of court.

“As far as we are concerned, there was nothing like election because we are to be notified at least three weeks to the election day.

“We conduct our elections at Egbeagu primary school, so this place, Ishishi, where they conducted is where we perform traditional rites and that is where they conducted their kangaroo election. The election is not
acceptable, it is not recognised by the people of Owerre-Ezukala.”

Contributing, Prince Chris Madu, said that those who attended the election were not up to one-third of the population and blamed the state government for being part of the problem in the community.

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“The government has not issued certificate of recognition to the Chukwu-led executive and they are saying his tenure has expired, let them issue the certificate to him then we know he has ended his tenure.”

Former ODU Onitsha branch chairman/pattron, Chief Norbert Okoli, blamed the commissioner for local government, Caretaker chairman and Special Advisers for the crises rocking the area adding that, “Governor Willie Obiano is not aware of the illegalities being committed by those people.

“I urge Governor Obiano to please act urgently to avoid what the people who voted for him are going through.”

Also Crowned Prince Juel Madu had in his speech, described the purported election as a kangaroo and urged Governor Obiano to issue certificate of recognition to the Chukwu-led executive.

In his post-election speech, the newly elected PG, Anayo Emejue, said, “my community conducted her election and elected me. The election was free, peaceful and successful.”

He denied allegation that some eligible voters were not allowed to
vote, insisting that “every eligible member of this community was allowed to vote. Everybody participated, nobody was excluded.

“Chief Luke Chukwu was the PG, his tenure expired on 27th day of January 2020 and I can tell you that this community recognised him as a nominated PG and he has exercised that function as provided by the constitution from inception. He has been the PG, calling meetings, launches and exercising all the powers with the total support of the community.

“We have written documents confirming him as the PG, constitution provides that one can be nominated or elected. The issue of issuing certificate of recognition is totally alien to this community. It is an aberration for him to want continuity. You have three years to stay and thereafter you leave office.”

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The new PG who said he would have an all inclusive administration, stated, “We want everybody to come on board, we will embark on a total reformation.”

Also speaking, brother to the new PG, Chief Norbert Emejue,
said that the election was free and fair adding that, “there was nothing like disenfranchisment. This election was best since the inception of democracy.

“I did not see any agitation but one thing is certain, that government
of peace has been enthroned. If there are skirmishes, it will be taken
care of.”

In his speech, the chairman of the electoral committee, Hon. Oge
Ndichie, said the election was successful: “we had a large
turn up, media, and others were there and am happy it went well and I thank Governor Obiano for allowing us to conduct the election.”

In his speech, the council chairman, Hon. Raymond  Onyegu, said, “I carefully monitored the election on behalf of Orumba South
local Government Area and used my position as the council chairman to
confirm that the election was free and fair.”

1 Comment

  1. It is a pitiful situation Hon Raymond Onyegu or any other person to say there was even election in the first place. Was the election conducted in the moon or where, Police and the press people did you witnessed any election or they told you that they are presenting the people they elected. Hon Raymond Onyegu used his position as TC chairman to perpetrate this act of injustice but we will meet in court.

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