Enugu LG polls: Akpugo ward on fire as youths protest imposition of candidate

Youths of Obinagu Uwani Akpugo Ward 1 in Nkanu West local government Tuesday staged a demonstration over alleged attempts to impose a councillorship Candidate on them.

The protesters reportedly stormed houses of major stakeholders in the ward protesting the imposition attempt.

They alleged underground moves to endorse a different councilorship candidate from the one unanimously agreed upon during a recent visit to the Government House.

Nkanu West LGA had in December visited the Governor wherein Mr. Romanus Nwabueze was presented to the Governor as ‘consensus’ candidate for the Akpugo Ward 1 councilorship position. Amidst cheers from the people of the community, his candidacy was accepted and his name penciled down.

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The aggrieved indigenes of the community had taken to streets protesting the removal of Mr. Romanus Nwabueze’s name as the candidate for the ward which took place at the state’s PDP Secretariat yesterday during the screening of the councilorship candidates.

They said it is an affront on all the stakeholders of Obinagu Uwani Akpugo that their choice candidate could be changed for selfish reasons.

A member of the community was reported as saying, “we received with shock the news that the name of Mr. Romanus Nwabueze whom our people presented before the Governor as ‘consensus’ candidate last month has been changed with another name. We cannot accept this imposition, otherwise there won’t be election in our Ward.

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“Our people spoke with one voice and for the sake of Peace in our community, we won’t go back. So, whoever is causing this trouble in Obinagu Uwani Akpugo should have a rethink because the era of 1999 is gone” he concluded.

They however called on Governor Ugwuanyi to graciously intervene in the matter as they won’t rest untill the right thing is done.

Some of the stakeholders visited include, Chief Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, former Chief of staff, Barr. Ekene Okenwa fomer Nkanu West Council chairman, Chief Philip Ede amongst others.

Curled from DAILY GAZETTE

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