Restore our Mandate, Anambra Community Begs Obiano
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
A group of people from Amaiyi Community in Ogbaru Council Area of Anambra State has called on Governor Willie Obiano to urgently address the leadership tussle in the community to avert eruption of violence of any sort.
This call was made today when the group led a peaceful protest to the Government House in Awka.
Correspondent Kenechukwu Ofomah reports that the group accused the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Greg Obi and Special Adviser in the ministry, Vera Okonkwo of undermining their collective will.
A former President General (PG) of the town, Osita Ononuju said the problem started when the accused persons rejected the names of the duly elected Executives of the town forwarded to them. He also insisted that instead of acknowledging the elected Executives, the pair imposed a past PG whose tenure had expired.
“We came here to protest because they don’t want to take our mandate. We need our mandate from 29th June for the election we did in the community. That is the problem we came here to tell them,” Ononuju said at the protest.
“All the correspondence we wrote to the commissioner, to the governor, they don’t want to listen to us. If they don’t want our own, let them come and do another election for us,” the former PG insisted.
Addressing the protesters, the Public Relations Officer in the ministry, Henry Nwasike commended the community for remaining peaceful.
“We don’t want violence in any community. Whoever you brought out or selected or you voted as your PG will definitely win. There is no way you can vote for somebody and another person will come to take over,” Nwasike told the crowd.
He promised that the State Government will wade into the matter and resolve it amicably.
“I am sure definitely the government will look critically into your matter and find a lasting solution. I want you to maintain the status quo. The governor will definitely hear your matter and definitely reach out to your delegates to and solve the matter amicably.”
Additional reports by Kenechukwu Ofomah.