IT WAS jubilation galore at Chidon Event Centre, Isuaniocha, in Awka-North Local Government Area of Anambra State as youths and vigilante operatives rend the air with gun shots celebrating the emergence of Chief Sylvester Ngini as the new traditional ruler of Isuaniocha community after 19 years of turmoil.
Ozo Onyemazu Ngini, the youth leader of Isuaniocha community, who spoke on the emergence of a new traditional ruler in the community, said the people of Isuaniocha were happy because the advent of the igwe-elect will enthrone lasting peace in the community.
Ngini said Isuaniocha had no problems except one family he mentioned as the Onyeagolu family, he said has been terrorising the community and that the said family boycotted the election that produced the new igwe-elect.
He also alleged that the said Onyeagolu family is interested in the traditional stool of Isuaniocha but according to him, the will of God prevailed and the choice of the people emerged after the keenly contested election.
Also, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo on Security, Cosmos Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, who hails from Isuaniocha, said election for the next traditional ruler of the town was peaceful and the winner scored 375 votes to beat his closest contestant who polled 325 votes.
Okonkwo also stated that the town carefully elected someone who is peace-loving and that in his acceptance speech he made it categorically clear that he will pursue peace and unite all in Isuaniocha community. He said the election for the new Igwe was won by Chief Sylvester Mkpuora Ngini, a.k.a Ozo Ezumezu.
On the other hand, Mr. Cyprian Okafor, a native of Umueze Village in Isuaniocha, said Isuaniocha has lacked roads and other social amenities for many years due to infighting in the community. He said since the death of the former Igwe, no president-general of the town has been intrepid enough to conduct election for another Igwe except the current PG of Isuaniocha, Mr. Paul Okoye Onuora, whom he said ensured that election was held for another traditional ruler to replace the former whom he said joined his ancestors many years ago.
Meanwhile, the President-General of Isuaniocha, Chief Okoye Paul Onuora, said Isuaniocha had long yearned for an Igwe to administer the customs and traditions of the town but the Onyeagolu family, according to him, has continued to truncate and thwart the process for a new traditional ruler.
The PG who told our correspondent that election for the new Igwe would have been conducted in April last year, disclosed that the Onyeagolu family allegedly invaded Isuaniocha with police operatives two days to the election and began to make random arrests in the community.
He said the struggle continued until the election was eventually conducted in January this year and produced Chief Sylvester Mkpuora Ngini as the new igwe-elect of Isuaniocha community. Onuora said Isuaniocha was in deep crisis when he assumed the position of the president-general. That the order of the day has been incessant arrests which has left indigenes of Isuaniocha in detentions over what he mentioned as trumped up charges.
According to him, the Igweship election was thrown open and Chief Mkpuora Sylvester Ngini of Umuelom Village and Chief Donatus Okeke of Utoko Village slugged it out after thorough screening and scrutiny. The PG said Ngini polled 375 votes while Chief Okeke had 324 votes. He also said officials of the state and local government were on ground to observe the conduct of the Igweship election at Central School Isuaniocha amid watertight security.
The igwe-elect, Chief Mkpuora Patrick Sylvester Ngini, told our correspondent that the situation is that it’s has been 19 years since the former Igwe past on and ever since there has no replacements. Ngini disclosed that Isuaniocha has not had enough peace since the demise of the former traditional ruler. He said the problem enlarged during the tenure of one Tony Onyeagolu as the President-General of Isuaniocha.
Ngini, who is a private legal practitioner, said he feels elated for being certified and endorsed by the people of Isuaniocha to be their traditional ruler and that henceforth, it will be the dawn of a new era of peace and involvement of the people in the management of affairs of the town in the interest of progress and unity.
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