Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Traditional Stool Tears Anambra Community Apart as Protesters Rock Govt House

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

About 300 placards carrying people of Oraukwu community in Idemili south local government area of Anambra state, recently stormed the state government house in Awka, to protest what they termed imposition of traditional ruler on them by some money bags.

Led by the President General of the community, Sir Harold Mbanesi, news48hour reports that they were chanting war songs, fuming that the person being imposed on the community by the alleged money bags came third during the election for the traditional ruler of the place.

According to them, during the election to select their monarch, one Pius Okoye garnered 535 votes to place first, while Vincent Okechukwu came second with 20 votes and Emeka Onuorah scored 15 votes to place third but instead of making use of their constitution, the so called money bags ganged up against the popular candidate and picked the third person.  

It was equally gathered that a government official had concluded plan to present Onuorah to the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano today (Thursday) for presentation of staff of recognition to him.

Addressing reporters, the president general of the community, Sir Harold Mbanesi, said it was the turn of Ezenaja clan to elect the monarch of Oraukwu according to the constitution.  

According to him, “this is not acceptable to us, we don’t want the kind of crises happening in communities like Alor, Amanuke and others over traditional stool to happen in Oraukwu”

He said they were protesting based on the anomaly being perpetrated in Oraukwu by some money bags, adding that such people were using their wealth to suppress the secretary to the state government (SSG), who according to him came from Oraukwu.

The PG said several letters to this effect had been written by the community to the state government, all to no avail.

However, some of the protesters called on the government to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the matter, otherwise there would be heavy crisis.

When the chief of staff to the Governor, Prof Joe Azike arrived the scene, he was handed over the petitions and recorded tapes from the community by the PG.

He assured the protesters that he would hand over the documents and tapes to governor Obiano, promising that the government would look into the matter.

Meanwhile, the protesters, who were fuming with anger, threatened that if the state government went ahead as being rumoured, to issue certificate of recognition to the man that came third during the election, that the community would burn.

we reports that some of the placards they carried read, “stop destabilizing Oraukwu commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, Greg Obi, Oraukwu is not for sale, we will not recognize any other person as traditional ruler other than Pius Okoye” among others.




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