Protests rock 4 Nsukka communities over royal stool

Protests rock 4 Nsukka communities over royal stool

- There is crisis in four communities in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state

- Members of the communities are currently protesting the recent result of the autonomous community elections held by the state

- The residents with various petitions and protests stormed the Enugu state Government House to register their grievances

Protest erupted in four communities in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state on Tuesday, May 15, over tussle for royal stool.

Vanguard reports that four of the communities out of six in the LGA were divided into camps over results of the recent election of traditional rulers for the state government's proposed autonomous communities.

It was gathered that the Enugu state government had proposed to create some autonomous communities out of the existing ones to strike a balance in electoral wards across the state. The new autonomous communities include Umuoyo, Umakashi, Echera, Nguru, Owerre and Edem/Ezema.

However, various petitions and protest marred the recent election organised by the state government.

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After the election, while two communities - Owerre and Edem/Ezema - were without complaints, the other communities election were thrown into disarray with series of protests.

The aggrieved communities were said to have taken their protests to the Government House in Enugu. Members of the communities while registering their grievance alleged that the winners of the elections were not the popular choice of each of the communities.

At Umuoyo proposed autonomous community, four candidates contested. They were Chief Agboeze Mathias, Chief Asadu Sylvanus, Chief Ejike Asadu and Chief Possible Paul Attanike.

The conduct was peaceful as all the elders of the 16 villages that make up the community were in attendance to identify members of each village during accreditation.

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The eldest man of Umuoyo, Edeoga Gabriel Omeje in an interview with journalists said that the said election was bungled and unfair. He added that the election was not acceptable to Umuoyo community as the eldest man of Umuoyo had called on the state government to nullify the election.

He also called for an organised and more credible election that would be acceptable to the entire Umuoyo.

Also at the Nru Community Secondary School which was the venue of the election, the 16 villages turned out en-masse and option A4 voting pattern was adopted.

There were also series of complaints from different quarters of the 16 villages.

The results recorded at the venue of the election were as follows: Asadu Sylvanus scored 123 votes, Ejike Asadu - 11 votes, Agboeze Mathias - 376 votes and Possible Paul Attanike - 668 votes. earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) warned candidates contesting the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state. The electoral body urged the contestant to desist from dolling out cash to voters.

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The chairman of INEC, Mahmood YAkubu while having a meeting with stakeholders in Ado Ekiti said the commission was working with law enforcement agents to prevent vote buying during the poll.

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