Ifitedunu Town Union is currently grappling with a leadership crisis, urgently requesting Governor Soludo’s intervention. The crisis arose due to the conviction of Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha on cybercrime charges. As per the Ifitedunu Town Union constitution, convicted individuals are prohibited from holding the position of President General, as stated in Article 15(B) on page 9.
The town union’s five village chairmen sought support from Anambra state commissioner for chieftaincy, Tony Collins Nwabunwanne, who disagreed with their decision and supported Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha to complete his tenure, claiming he is not a convict.
However, Mr. Uchenna Michael Nwoye was indeed convicted by a Federal high court of Nigeria under charge No. FHC/AWK/01/C/2021 IGP V. Uchenna Michael Nwoye on May 4th, 2023. According to the town union’s constitution and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an ex-convict cannot hold the position of President General, and they urge him to step down until a higher court overturns the initial judgment.
The Ifitedunu Town Union issued a three-day ultimatum to Mr. Uchenna Michael Nwoye to provide a document from an appeal court countering the high court ruling, but he has not produced it. Consequently, the community has collectively replaced him with Mr. Chukwudi Raphael Anene to complete the rest of the tenure.
Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha’s announcement through Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) caused unrest in the community, claiming the seat of the President General is not vacant. The town union is concerned about his backing from the Anambra State Commissioner for Chieftaincy, which threatens the peace of Ifitedunu people.
To restore community peace and harmony, the Ifitedunu people have approached Governor Soludo, earnestly seeking his intervention to stop the commissioner from supporting Mr. Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha, who has been convicted and must no longer identify himself as the President General.
This plea was formally endorsed by the five community leaders of the Ifitedunu Town Union, who appended their signatures to the official document, underscoring the urgency and gravity of the situation. The community leaders are:
- Nze Onyebuchi Anene (Obieze)
- Mr. Francis Chira-Udoobi (Ukpomili)
- Arinze Azodo (Akwa)
- Chukwudi Nwafor (Umuanugo)
- Bertrand Nwankwo (Igbuala)