A Chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), in Ifitedunu community, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Vincent Udobi, has called on the State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to sack his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Anthony Collins Nwabunwanne, to save the image of the state and the party ahead of the 2025 governorship election.
Stating that Nwabunwanne would truncate Soludo’s good intentions and, by extension, his reelection in 2025,
Udobi said the Commissioner had fomented troubles virtually in every community in the state and that 70 per cent of the leadership crisis in the Ifitedunu Community was caused by him (the Commissioner).
The Nigerian Tribune gathered that Udobi’s reactions followed the lingering crisis rocking Ifetedunu, in which he accused Nwabunwanne of bias over his choice of Uchenna Nwoye as President General of the community against the will of the people.
He said Nwoye had since been impeached by the community as their PG.
He alleged that Nwoye, as an ex-convict, was constitutionally not supposed to hold any public office, accusing Nwoye of constructing personal shops at the community’s Nkwo market, selling them for N2.5 million each, and pocketing the proceeds.
He said, “The decision to impeach Nwoye as the PG of the community was reached by the entire Community and chairmen of five villages, namely, Obiezie, Ugbomili, Akwa, Umualugo, and Uguala, after several attempts to draw the commissioner’s attention to the fact that Nwoye is an ex-convict.”
Udobi noted that despite presenting credible evidence of the conviction of Nwoye by a Federal High Court to Nwabunwanne, the Commissioner continued to recognise Nwoye as the PG of the community, just because they were personal friends.
He said the Commissioner was blocking the truth about the issue in Ifetedunu from the governor, adding, “Nwabunwanne is acting as judge, as police, and everything in this case.
Continuing, Udobi said, We urge Governor Soludo to investigate our complaints laid before the Commissioner, because I don’t know why he( Nwabunwanne) should be defending an ex-convict who is unfit to be the PG of Ifitedunu, as clearly expressed in our constitution.
“The commissioner is not an interpreter of law but a mouthpiece of the executive arm of government under Prof. Charles Soludo.
So Nwabunwanne telling us that Nwoye, who was convicted for a criminal offence but granted bail, is not an ex-convict even after we have rejected him as our PG on constitutional grounds, is questionable.
“I am not against the Commissioner being friends with the former PG, but he can’t jeopardise the peace and development of our community in the name of friendship with Uchenna Nwoye.”
“Our Governor is an intelligent man. But Nwabunwanne is blocking the truth from the Governor because I know that he will not condone all these if the truth is known to him.
“I’m calling on the governor to sack Nwabunwanne now to avert the danger this Commissioner will pose to his government in the future.
The Governor deserves reelection because he is doing well, but Nwabunwanne is fomenting trouble in virtually every community in the state, and this is not good for the governor.
On the rumour making the rounds that he was contesting for the Igweship position of the community, Udobi dispelled the rumour and noted that it was not the turn of his village to man the Igweship leadership.
However, the Commissioner, Mr Nwabunwanne, in his prompt reaction, said the call for his sack was not necessary, noting that the constitution of Ifitedunu requires that the decision to sack an elected President-General be taken in a general meeting supported by two-thirds of those present.
Quoting the Ifitedunu constitution, Nwabunwanne said Udobi was wrong to stand against Nwoye because he is covered by the community’s constitution.
He faulted actions taken against the President-General, especially when he was assaulted in the marketplace by thugs alleged to have been brought by Udobi.
Nwabunwanne called on security agencies to take action and make the necessary arrests for peace to return to the community and to call Chief Udobi.
Reacting also, the embattled PG, Nwoye, denied the allegations levelled against him, insisting that he remained the PG and that the village chairmen and BOT had no power to impeach or remove him according to the constitution.
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