In Anambra, Oba Community Gets New President-General 

By Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Oba Community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State was on Sunday thrown into jubilation following emergence of new Town Union Executives of the Oba Patriotic Union, OPU, elected to oversee the affairs of the community.
Newsmen gathered that absence of executives had contributed to delay in electing a new traditional ruler, as all forms of crimes, including youth restiveness, sales and encroachment of communally-owned lands, held sway in the community occasioned by lack of leadership.
State Government had through the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Affairs, created the Interim Town Union Government, ITUG to ensure conduct of election of new executives of the OPU before end of 2023.
But after a keenly contested poll spearheaded by well constituted electoral committee was constituted with five delegates each from every umunna in the nine villages of the community, filing out to cast their votes, Engr. Uzochukwu Ejiofor emerged the President General of the community.
Announcing the results, Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr Liberty Maduekwe, said Ejiofor polled 370 votes to defeat his only opponent, Ogechukwu Obasoanya, who got 179 votes.
Other positions, aside from those of Secretary General and Chief Provost, were unopposed at the election duly monitored by Transition Committee Chairman of Idemili South LGA, Hon Amaka Obi and officials of Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Affairs, Awka.
Earlier, Idemili South TC Chairman, Obi described the election as critical in view of the strategic position of the community to the Council area and the state, saying government presence was to ensure peace and orderliness of the exercise.
“The state government is interested in promoting peace across all communities of the state, through the entrenchment of democratically-elected town union executives,” she said.
Obi charged the newly-elected town union executives to work in accordance with the community’s constitution as they carry everybody along in their development efforts.
Congratulating the new executives, Regent of the town, Prince Noel Ezenwa urged them to ensure Oba remained united while bond of brotherliness among them be nurtured at all times.
He said the community has through the election, demonstrated their preparedness to commence journey of rebuilding their homeland.
Chairman of the outgone Interim Government of the Community, Sir Osita Ubadi, described the election as one of the most transparent conducted in the history of the community, urging the new leadership to work towards giving the community a befitting traditional ruler in the nearest future.
“I’m happy my leadership was able to accomplish the tasks assigned them by government, as well as other achievements for the community,” he said.
A stakeholder in the community, Prof Austen Azubogu, commended the advisory role of the Idemili South Transition Committee Chairman, Hon Obi, in ensuring that the elections were successful and concluded in transparent manner.
In his acceptance speech, the new Oba PG, Ejiofor described their election as divine just as he commended the past ITUG and the electoral committee for delivering a transparent and credible election to Oba people.
He pledged to work with his co-contestants and all critical stakeholders in the Community to bring about the long expected peace, unity and development in the town.
He said, “We are all very happy and grateful to God for making today a reality. The expectations of the great people of Oba will be met because our tenure will be as transparent as possible and focused on meeting the demands of our people.
“In the past, we have had serious security challenges but we are going to review our security strategies and strengthen the security architecture to ensure that such challenges do not repeat again, even beyond our regime.
“We look forward to restore the peace and unity of our people, as a key agenda of our administration.
“We also plan to set up a standard fire brigade centre here because we have a lot of businesses, industries, and residential buildings due to the cosmopolitan nature of the town.
“This will help us curb the incessant challenges of fire outbreak we experience every now and then.
“I will, in my address to Ndi Oba soon, present a detailed development agenda for the community.
“Once again, I thank God Almighty and congratulate Ndi Oba to whom this victory primarily belongs and I extend my hand of fellowship to my colleagues in the executive and enjoin them to join me in this onerous task of uniting and rebuilding our dear town Oba ebo iteghete.”

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