Chief Samuel Nweke, the immediate past President General and present Chairman of Ifitedunu’s Board of Trustees, has raised concerns over the leadership crisis plaguing the community and has pointed fingers at the Anambra State Commissioner of Chieftaincy & Community Matters, Tony Collins Nwabunwanne.
According to Chief Nweke, Commissioner Nwabunwanne’s interference in the community’s affairs has exacerbated unrest by endorsing Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha, a convicted individual still serving his jail term, for the position of President General. This move directly contradicts the Ifitedunu Town Union constitution, which explicitly prohibits convicted individuals from holding such positions, as stated in Article 15(B) on page 9.
Chief Nweke while speaking to Daily News Reporters recalls an incident in 2021 during the administration of Governor Obiano when Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha allegedly sent his thugs after the community’s youths, resulting in severe injuries. Consequently, he was impeached and temporarily replaced with a caretaker committee. However, when Commissioner Nwabunwanne assumed office, he reportedly promised to reinstate Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha, citing a close friendship, regardless of the community’s wishes. Since then, the community has remained divided, with peace hanging in the balance.
Chief Nweke has questioned the Commissioner’s vested interest in Ifitedunu, wondering why he seemingly disregards community resolutions and promotes friendship over the well-being of the community. Moreover, Chief Nweke highlighted Commissioner Nwabunwanne’s recent intervention in the crisis in Umuona community, Aguata, where he removed their traditional ruler, raising concerns about his inaction in the case of Ifitedunu.
Another point of contention is Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha’s unauthorized construction of shops in Nkwo market without the community’s consent or input from the component village chairmen, going against the general assembly’s resolution.
The Ifitedunu community’s Board of Trustees previously sent a letter to Commissioner Nwabunwanne regarding these matters, but it seemingly went unanswered due to his friendship with Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha, further fueling suspicions of the Commissioner’s role in causing unrest in Ifitedunu.
Amidst the ongoing leadership crisis, the Ifitedunu community seizes the opportunity to express their gratitude to Governor Soludo for the ongoing road construction in Ifitedunu. They say they are strongly behind him and assure him of their backing for his second tenure. (Ochiri mma ga achikwa ozo)
Recognizing the Governor’s commitment to the welfare of the people of Anambra, the community earnestly appeals to him to intervene in the present matter and encourage Commissioner Nwabunwanne to honor the will of the Ifitedunu people.
With unwavering trust in Governor Soludo’s leadership, they believe his intervention will lead to a fair and harmonious resolution, fostering unity within Ifitedunu. As they eagerly await the Governor’s response, the community remains hopeful that the situation will be addressed with justice and consideration for the people’s well-being.