Concerned indigenes of Umuoji community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have appealed to Governor Willie Obiano’s led administration to allow the town to exhaust the processes provided by the constitution of the town before issuing certificate to any of contestants.
The appeal followed lingering Igweship tussle in the ancient kingdom where two illustrious sons were laying claim to the traditional stool of the town.
One of the stakeholders, Chief Tochukwu Mmodu described issuance of certificate to any of the contestants without Central Executive Council (CEC) or Special Assembly ratification as recipe for disaster and would usher in breakdown of law and order in the community.
He said, “It behooves on the Central Executive Council (CEC) to ratify the selection of Igwe and subsequently present to Ndi Umuoji their next traditional ruler.
“Failure to allow the CEC which is regarded as the highest decision-making body in Umuoji to carry out the task assigned to them by the constitution would distort the peace and progress of the community as well as pit brothers against brothers.
“It quite unfortunate the shape the event had taken in the community because few individuals are bent on creating unnecessary tension in the community by organizing a kangaroo jamboree in the name of run-off election on June 8 2021.
“This action is unacceptable by the people of Umuoji community and we appeal for immediate intervention of Anambra state government on the matter.”
Contributing, former President General of Umuoji community, Chief Gab Mbanefo and another stakeholder in the town, Chief Ifeanyi Efobi insisted that Umuoji Traditional stool was not for sale.
They described imposition of traditional ruler on communities as a taboo in Igbo land, pointing out that Umuoji community is too big to be so treated.