Community leaders in Obeagu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State have described the recent reported election of a new monarch as a ruse.
DAILY POST reported that some members of the community gathered last weekend during which Chief Sylvester Okolo was elected as the new traditional ruler of the community after eight years of stalemate.
However, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday, other leaders of the community described the election of Chief Okolo as fake.
They described the reported election as misleading, null and void, capable of plunging the community into confusion.
The statement was signed by Mr Benignus Okechukwu, chairman and Mr Bartholomew Okeke Alokwu, Secretary General, on behalf of Uhueze Obeagu Welfare Association; Mr Sunday Uzochukwu, Chairman, on behalf of Ogwuagbom Development Union, as well as Mr Oliver Aniokete, Chairman, on behalf of OBUO Development Union.
They declared that: “OBEAGU community is yet to get a new monarch/install a Traditional Ruler in accordance with its chieftaincy constitution gazetted at the ministry of chieftaincy matters Enugu State;
“The announcement was made by unlawful individuals and their cohorts in total disregard of the directives given by the Honourable commissioner, ministry of chieftaincy matters, Enugu state;
“The process of selecting a new monarch/Traditional Ruler of the community was postponed indefinitely by the ministry of chieftaincy matters Enugu state on the 16th May, 2023, because there was disunity and the unlawful individuals and their cohorts disobeyed that order;
“The Obeagu chieftaincy constitution stipulated selection as a mode of selecting her Traditional Ruler. The constitution FROWNS at ELECTION in its entire content as mode of selecting a Traditional Ruler;
“Chief Sylvester Okolo who was elected as their new monarch/Traditional Ruler Eight (8) years after the demise of the former Igwe, HRH D.O.C Ikemefuna by unlawful individuals and their cohorts using option A4 system should never be regarded or addressed as Traditional Ruler of Obeagu Town;
“The name of the President General of Obeagu Town Union (OTU), is Ogbuefi Anslem Aniokete, and the name of the Secretary General of the Town Union is Mr Ferdinand Ejimofor
“Calllistus Orjiogbu, earlier announced by the unlawful individuals, who is parading himself as the new President General of the OBEAGU Town Union is fake, and was never elected by the Town.”