On behalf of the Government and people of Anambra State, Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo performed the functions of formally recognizing and presenting certificate of recognition to the new Traditional Ruler of Umuomaku, Igwe Obinna Livinus Ezenwa of Umuomaku, Orumba South (Onunekwulu Ora II).
Governor Soludo who disclosed that messages were coming in from eminent sons and stakeholders of Umuomaku Community not to allow elections to hold, stated that his administration is committed to resolve crises existing in many communities in the state.
“Our administration is striving to restore peace and order in communities experiencing leadership tussle by organizing proper elections which have recorded huge success in the past using my community as an example in February, 2018.
“This is part of what we want to mainstream to ndi Anambra.
“We accepted elections must hold to tackle the lingering leadership crises in Umuomaku.
“When the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs briefed me on what’s happening in the community, I informed him we will use our time tested formula of organizing elections.
“Let the people all come out and vote for whoever will be their next king.
“We discovered the joy in the field and discovered that this approach actually works.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of the election and use this opportunity to congratulate the newly elected Igwe.
“The Traditional Rulers law stipulates a king will be selected or elected by their community and this law is what we have implemented.
“We don’t interfere with community processes. We only advise them, to ensure they select who they want as their traditional ruler and I am glad the election was credible and transparent.
“Anybody in Umuomaku who comes out tomorrow to say he wants to be King, declares himself as King or anyone who addresses him as King shall be arrested and prosecuted.
“We cannot have lawlessness! We must enforce our laws so long as it exists. Anambra is a state of law and order.
“Today, Umuomaku has a king. He shall join up and meet with his colleagues during their next traditional rulers meeting.
Mr Commissioner, Tonycollins Nwabunwanne in his earlier address, said Governor Soludo’s administration is witnessing the first newly selected traditional ruler under his watch.
He maintained that Umuomaku has not had a traditional ruler for the last 7 years; the Igwe stool has been vacant since 2014.
“The selection was done after a keen election which held on 24 September 2022.
The PG and Town Union presented him as their new King and we instructed security agents to scrutinize him according to the constitution and today, I present the new Igwe of Umuomaku to Mr Governor.
Igwe Ezenwa in a vote of thanks appreciated Governor Soludo for the road construction he is embarking in his community.
While describing himself as “Igwe Governor” and “Solution Igwe”, he prayed for Governor Soludo to succeed in his mission and vision for the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, High Chief Benjamin Obi (Mbuze Igwe APGA), Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Collins Nwabunwanne, TC Chairman Aguata, Prince Chibueze Oforbuike, TC Chairman Orumba South, Prince Neville Uchendu, Hon. Emmanuel Nwafor (Ntu Japan), Hon Pete Ibida, Traditional Rulers, amongst others were present at the event.