Indigenes Protest Alleged Imposition of Monarch in Abia Community
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Indigenes Protest Alleged Imposition of Monarch in Abia Community

 

Indigenes of the Umuihueze autonomous community, Akwete Ndoki ancient Kingdom, in Ukwa-East LGA of Abia State, have protested an alleged plot to impose Daniel Nwuzor as their new traditional ruler.

Last week, Nwuzor was announced as the newly elected traditional ruler by the Abia State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Uzor Nwachukwu, following a plebiscite conducted by his ministry. The Commissioner stated that Nwuzor scored 9 votes, defeating Augustine Enyinnaya Ogbulu, who received 1 vote. He emphasized that the plebiscite was peaceful and adhered to due process, noting that the state government’s primary concern is maintaining peace and stability across the state.

However, many elders and youths of Umuihueze staged a protest at the Ukwa East LGA headquarters in Akwete against Nwuzor’s emergence as Eze-elect. They called on Abia State Governor Alex Otti to intervene and restrain Commissioner Uzor Nwachukwu to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

The protesters alleged that the Commissioner, in collusion with a federal lawmaker from the area, compromised the true process and tradition for selecting a traditional ruler in Umuihueze Akwete. Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved villagers, Mr. Ogbonna Chijiuche, the Palace secretary of Umuihueze, and Onyekwere Onyema, explained that the Akwete ancient Kingdom, which has existed for over 400 years, has a well-established monarchical dynasty of succession and is not known for kingship tussles.

They noted that the Umuihueze Akwete Council of Chiefs had written to the Abia State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, requesting to present Augustine Enyinnaya Ogbulu as the Onyenweala VII, using the old and subsisting regulations of the Umuihueze autonomous community. This request, according to them, received written approval, which made them question why a plebiscite was conducted by the Commissioner instead.

“The traditional stool of Umuihueze autonomous community, Akwete Ndoki ancient Kingdom, known as Onyenweala, has existed for more than 400 years with King Agbara Akunwata Otuji, the Onyenweala I of Akwete Umuihueze autonomous community,” they stated.

Indigenes Protest Alleged Imposition of Monarch in Abia Community

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