By Ononye VC
The President-General of Umuoji Improvement Union of Nigeria (UIUN) in Anambra State, Chief Silas Onyima (Ogidi) has warned all players in the just-held Umuoji chieftaincy election to stand down as the election to produce the next Igwe of Umuoji is yet to be concluded.
Chief Onyima assured Ndi Umuoji that he will adhere to the provisions of the town’s Constitution as the “Umuoji Chieftaincy Constitution is sacrosanct” and must not be overridden.
The President-General made the declaration on the heels of Chief Kanayochukwu Okoye declaring himself the Igwe-elect of Umuoji following the Igweship election to install a new traditional ruler following the death of the late Igwe, HRH Cyril Enweze.
The election, which was held on Saturday, May 8, was declared inconclusive by the Chief Returning Officer, Chief Chukwuemeka Joe Nsika (Nnanyelugo Siwo).
Three candidates — Chief Anaeto Simeon Muogbo, Chief Kanayo Okoye, and Chief Obiora Stephen Onwuachu — had participated in the election for a new Igwe.
Result showed that Chief Okoye polled the highest vote with a total of 473 votes.
Chief Muogbo was the first runner-up with 459 votes, while Chief Onwuachu was second runner-up with 359 votes, which prompted Chief Okoye to declare himself Igwe-elect against the town’s constitution.
Following the declaration by Okoye, the Ndichie Eziora Umuoji, the eldest son, paid him what a stakeholder classified as “shameless arrangee solidarity” amidst the town’s chieftaincy tussle at his “palace” in Umuechem Village of the town on Sunday, 16th May, 2021.
According to observers who spoke with ElombahNews, the arrangee solidarity visit was “to give wrong impression to the public” about the election.
Reacting to Okoye’s declaration and the Ndichie’s solidarity visit, the UIUN President General, in a statement he personally signed, dated May 15, 2021, stated:
“Umuoji, let us be calm. The election to produce the next Igwe of Umuoji was held in the eight villages of Dimechem quarter on Saturday May 8 2021.Okodu community is grateful to Almighty God for the peaceful atmosphere which ensured a successful process.
We, in the administration, had put in our best to ensure the success of the election. We will continue to believe the selection of Igwe Umuoji is for the Lord as it is written: “for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” – Romans 13:1.
Indeed, the election was exemplary when compared to similar events in other towns of Anambra State.
We commend the contestants; the Igwe Election Committee; the Anambra State representatives that supervised the process; the UIUN team; the Umuoji Christian Community (UCC); the security agents and the Dimechem quarter for an election well conducted.
As we promised us, Umuoji under our watch will only record developmental feats, (please note that work is ongoing in Iba Umuoji) there is no room for crises.
Those who are lacing ready for rancor and crises should know that Umuoji is in God’s hand and as such their efforts shall be in vain.
“The admonition of PG is that everyone should be calm and allow the process to take its full course.
“If at the end the elected is officially announced, all of us will welcome and congratulate him and support him. But for now we have not seen the process completed.”
By Ononye VC