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Confusion over election of President General of Awka Development Union

By By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 25/03/2015

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There is confusion in the Anambra State capital as a result of an attempt by some titled men in the area to allegedly force the incumbent President General of Awka Development Union Nigeria (ADUN), Mr. Tony Okechukwu out of office, even when the state government has shifted all pending town union elections until the end of the 2015 general elections.

Though Okechukwu and his team had concluded arrangements to conduct the election on March 7, 2015, it had to reschedule it following a letter signed by the Special Adviser to the Anambra State Governor on Chieftaincy and Town Union matters, Mr. R.O. Udemba, directing that all town union elections should be put on hold.

The letter reads: “Please kindly note that in view of the upcoming general elections in the country, there is the compelling need to maintain peace and order in all the communities in the state. Consequently, all town union elections will be kept on hold until after the conduct of the general elections.

“This policy implies that Awka Development Union election scheduled for 7th March, 2015 has been suspended in this circumstance. In the light of the above, the present Awka Development Union executive should hold forth, while the town union election shall be conducted within the first half of the month of May, 2015.”

But, a section of the community, which were not in the know of the government’s directive, held a meeting in Awka during which they accused the PG of trying to perpetuate himself in office after the expiration of his tenure on March 17, 2015.

At the end of the meeting, seven persons were appointed to represent the seven villages with Chief Chike Obuekwe as chairman, pending the election of new executive for ADUN within six months.

However, the incumbent PG told Journalists that the meeting convened by a group of people was illegal, null and void, saying that it was only the eldest man in Awka that was authorized to convene such a meeting.

He called on those interested in the election to remain patient until May, promising that his executive would conduct free, fair and credible election when the time comes.

Source News Express

Posted 25/03/2015 04:13:45 AM


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