Ebonyi mineral Community elects new leadership

Ebonyi mineral Community elects new leadership

Amaeze community, Ishiagu in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State Saturday elected a new leadership of the community.

Amaeze community made up of 7 hamlets is one of the Ebonyi communities blessed with mineral resources.

But recently there were misunderstandings among the stakeholders over poor representation by the immediate past leadership.

The leadership problem that had been on in the community, led to the killing of some youths and the destruction of properties in the area.

Consequently, the Ministries of Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, and Ministry of Rural Development went and conducted the election for the community to bring lasting peace to the community.

The Ministry set up a 9-man electoral committee headed by a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Okoro.
Option A4 was used to conduct the exercise.

Addressing the people, Dr. Donatus Ilang commissioner for border peace and conflict thanked the people for the peaceful election and noted that what the state government desired from them was peace therefore they should maintain peace and support the new government to bring more development to Amaeze.

Announcing the results, Rev. Fr. Samuel Okoro said “Christian Okonta garnered 2 votes, Patrick Uchenna 17 votes, Onyekachi Nweni had 411 votes, and Ogbonna Nweni had 543 votes.

Chairman of the Ivo local government area, Chief Emmanuel Aja commended the peaceful conduct of the election. And urged his supporters to maintain peace.

“There is a lot of crisis in Ivo LGA, my number one priority is to bring peace, and today I have achieved that.

“I have brought peace to the Amaeze Community, People died during the community elections because of the kangaroo business they do in periods like this but now I said no to evil, and people’s mandate must be counted.

“The people must rejoice, we don’t want a situation where people in Abakaliki or anywhere else will be appointed into positions for our communities.

“I’m very happy for the peaceful elections of the Amaeze community. Those who voted into office today should know that the people who voted for them are looking up to them to perform and they must be ready to do what people will see.

“I want to appreciate Governor Francis Nwifuru who insisted that the right thing must be done in this election”.

On his part, Cletus Nkah, Special Assistant to Governor Francis Nwifuru on Internal Security in charge of Ivo LGA, commended the committee for a free and fair election.

Nkah described the election as the most peaceful in the community and urged those who were elected to ensure the return of peace to Amaeze.

“This is the first time we are having a free and fair election in the Amaeze community. For that, I want to thank the Governor for setting up this committee that conducted this election”.

On the security challenges in Ivo Local Government, he pointed out that he has hosted all the local vigilante in the local government with all the security agents in attendance, adding that a lot of things has started changing after the meeting.

Noah explained that he had set up a high-powered-committee after the meeting to ensure that the security challenges in the local government were nipped in the bud and warned against politicizing the security challenges in the area as according to him, everybody in the local government is paying the supreme price of the insecurity in the area.

“I don’t have any problem with the Chairman. What I insisted was that the security architecture of Ivo should be overhauled, let us reorganize the security architecture of Ivo. I am not having any problem with him, I am only saying let us work hand in hand to make sure that we get the security architecture very right and if things are not going well, I have to complain and my complain, am sure everybody is sitting up by now”, he stated.

The newly elected Chairman of Amaeze Community, Ogbonna Nweni promised to run all inclusive administration to bring peace to the community.

“I am promising those who contested with me that I will carry them along, What we did today can be likened to dog play; if you fall for me, I fall for you, if not the election would have been canceled,

“We adopted peace in this election and this peace will bring in the commissioning of projects in no distant time, this peace will follow us all through our tenure in Jesus’ name.

“This is the first time we are having a free and fair election in the Amaeze community for that I want to thank the Governor for setting up this committee that conducted this election”, he stated.

Onyekachi Nweni the closest contender said he was happy in the election because the person that won him was his direct younger brother.

“This is Onyekachi Nweni and Ogbonnaya Nweni and this is what I have been praying for God to do for us and remember that we are brothers, the same mother, the same father. So, I have no reason to make trouble in the election.

He called on his supporters to accept the outcome of the election and join hands with the new leadership to move the community forward.

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