Obiano in­stalls monarch amidst protest by com­mu­nity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

Less than 24 hours after the Oraukwu com­mu­nity in Ide­mili North Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Anam­bra State protested against the can­di­da­ture of Dr Emeka On­uo­rah as the monarch of the area, the state gover­nor Wil­lie Obiano has in­stalled him as the tra­di­tional ruler of the town.

The gover­nor is­sued him with a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion yes­ter­day in a brief cer­e­mony at Gover­nor’s Lodge, Amaw­bia, near Awka, the state cap­i­tal.

In a re­ac­tion, the Act­ing Pres­i­dent-Gen­eral of the com­mu­nity, Chief Harold Mbanusi, said the com­mu­nity would not rec­og­nize On­uo­rah as their monarch.

The com­mu­nity had on Wed­nes­day tem­po­rar­ily halted ac­tiv­i­ties at Govern­ment House, Awka, in a protest fol­low­ing the sus­pi­cion that On­uo­rah would be in­stalled.

The leader of the com­mu­nity, Chief Harold Mbanusi, said the com­mu­nity had held an elec­tion for the pur­pose of elect­ing a monarch for the com­mu­nity, where On­uo­rah came a dis­tant third. He said in the elec­tion, Chief Pius Okoye scored 535 votes; Vin­cent Okechukwu scored 20 votes while Emeka On­uo­rah scored 15 votes.

He said with the elec­tion, Chief Okoye was crowned the tra­di­tional ruler of the com­mu­nity and pre­sented to the lo­cal govern­ment area which af­firmed him.

The Chief of Staff to the gover­nor, Prof Joe Asike had as­sured the pro­test­ers that the gover­nor would look into their mat­ter, stress­ing no in­jus­tice would be con­doned by the Obiano govern­ment.

But about 12 noon yes­ter­day, the gover­nor is­sued a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion to On­uo­rah in a brief cer­e­mony that ex­cluded the press.

When con­tacted, the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the gover­nor on Me­dia and Public­ity, Mr James Eze, said, “The pres­ence of jour­nal­ists is not needed. I shall com­mu­ni­cate to you the out­come of the event, if need be.”

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