Anambra community Igweship electoral committee ends screening exercise, one opts out, another absent

Anambra community Igweship electoral committee ends screening exercise, one opts out, another absent

Anambra community Igweship electoral committee ends screening exercise, one opts out, another absent

By Okose Phil, Onitsha

The Okuzu Oba community  Igweship Electoral committee, Idemili  South local Government Area, Anambra State, led by Mr. Chinonye Ononye, has ended its screening exercise for the four candidates contesting for the Igweship throne.

However, only two out of the four were screened, the duo included Chief Joseph Maduakonam Ejiofor and High Chief Samuel Odinamadu, while Nze Ikechukwu Abafo, was absent,  Engr. Chinedu Emelobe who was physically present opted out on the ground that he received a letter from the mother union for discussion on same Igweship saga and as such would not submit himself for screening as the Oba Patriotic Union (OPU)meeting supercedes every other meeting or gathering.

Speaking on the screening exercise,an aspirant,  Chief Ejiofor stated that the screening was successful and urged the committee not to relent in ensuring free, fair and credible primary election that will finally produce the Igweship candidate from Okuzu Akanato quarters that will have the interest of the people at heart.

"We want to right the wrong by producing the right person, let the best candidate who will lead us well emerge, it must not be me,  the screening committee is doing so well," he stated.

Also High Chief Odinamadu (Ikeora Idemili) commended the electoral committee for their efforts towards moving the community forward adding that the screening exercise was successful. 

He lamented that the lack of a monarch in the community has deprived them a lot of things stating that with God on the side of the people a new monarch that will be for the interest of the people will emerge.

On the part of Engr. Emelobe who opted out, he said, "I received a notice (letter) from the Civic centre with respect to the Igweship issue, so we should go first to President General, PG, also the screening committee should be 13 persons in number but what I see here is five, also representatives of Oba Progressives Union, OPU electoral committee are not here and the screening exercise is not in the constitution.

"So under which constitution are they screening the candidates. OPU  meeting supercedes every other  meeting and group. It is after hearing from OPU since it is on same Igweship issue, that we can now know of a date to come  for  screening of candidates," he insisted.

Reacting, the chairman of the Okuzu electoral /screening committee, Ononye described the exercise as very successful and disclosed that date for the primary election will be made public in due course.

He however told Engr. Emelobe that the committee was doing the work as directed by the people of Okuzu Improvement Union adding that the mother union that is aware of the screening exercise did not write the Okuzu electoral committee asking that the screening exercise be stopped.

"We have been having smooth screening exercise until Engr Emelobe  sent two proxies and we told them that the screening is not on proxy but physical appearance of candidates in question. Later Emelobe appeared and instead of submitting himself for screening like others, he started asking us questions aimed at frustrating the exercise as if we do not know what we are doing but luckly he was the last person who came on our invitation for screening but refused to be screened," Ononye disclosed.

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