Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka, the Ugochinyere 1 of Azueke Ndume Ibeku from Ndagbo Isiama Afaraukwu Autonomous Community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State has emerged the Eze elect of Isiama Afaraukwu Autonomous Community.
The plebiscite was held at Ama-egbu square to replace Late Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, the father of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who was announced dead in December 2019.
Chief Anthony was elected on Saturday, February 26, 2022 after the conducted plebiscite. The plebiscite had high number of people who lined up in a straight line in front of the name of their preferred candidate written on a cardboard paper and fixed to the wall for each voter to stand in a straight line accordingly in front of the name of their candidate.
The peaceful election process, was presided over by Hon. Okezie Oriaku the Secretary General of the Isiama Afaraukwu and his team of screening committee members.
After the plebiscite, Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka, had 46 votes, while his fellow contestant Chief Kelvin Ameachi Uguejeh who wasn’t ar the venue of the election had 17 votes. Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka was declared the winner by Hon. Okezie Oriaku.
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Speaking with candidreporters.com about his victory, the Eze elect, Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka expressed satisfaction with the process of the election which he tagged peaceful and transparent. He acknowledged the fact that members of the community came out en masse.
In his words; “They came out en masse to express their feelings through their votes. I want to say a very big thank you to them.”
Revealing what he will do as the new Eze elect, Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka said he has his manifesto of 10 point Agenda ready that will Foster the quest of the people in the community.
“I will bring lasting peace in Isiama as an autonomous community. Immediately I emerge as the king, the first point of call is to bring everybody together and bring lasting peace, I have told them that I will be accessable, I will not segregate.” Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka said.
The new Eze elect also revealed that part of his 10 point Agenda is to pay attention to youth employment and empowerment.
“When a youth is not usefully engaged, that is when you see insecurity and other social vices which will be on the rise. I will make sure that the youth are fully engaged by ensuring that the normal slot for employment is evenly distributed. It is not going to be business as usual, I will make sure it gets to them. ” Chief Anthony assured.
Speaking about how his fellow contestant who wasn’t present at the venue of the plebiscite, the new Eze elect said “he should embrace peace and the spirit of sportsmanship.”
“Ezeship is not something you take by force. It is a decision the electorate have to make, and now the electorates have spoken their mind through their votes. My advice to him is to accept his fate and also join hands to move the community forward.” Chief Anthony added.
Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka also thanked his people for the due process and opportunity.
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Also speaking about the plebiscite process was the Hon.Okezie Oriaku, the Secretary General of Isiama Afaraukwu screening committee panel.He hinted on the painstaking process of the plebiscite.
“We had a committee members that handled the Ezeship selection issues and that committee is made up of seven persons. On the 12th of February 2022 we gave them certificate that qualifies them for today for the plebiscite as a final conclusion to produce one person that will go to local government as agreed and as an assignment given to us.” Hon Oriaku said.
Hon. Oriaku also revealed that Chief Kelvin Ameachi Uguejeh violated the the committees’ due process.
In his words: Yesterday, he, (Chief Kelvin Ameachi Uguejeh) disobeyed the instruction of the same committee that gave him the certificate which qualified him for the plebiscite. He went for his presentation just yesterday so that he will not attend today’s plebiscite. We have informed him, he is aware of the plebiscite. He cannot go for presentation when the plebiscite is slated for today. We all agreed for the plebiscite to hold today, he is supposed to be here.” Hon Oriaku revealed.
Cabdidreporters.com also learnt that both contestants are from Ndagbo community in Isiama. According to the new Eze elect, power in the community is rotational among the four community that makes up Isiama Afaraukwu community. Ndagbo owns the right to produced the next Eze as said by Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka.
Chief Anthony Chikwadoro Ndulaka, Eze elect was showered with prayers, after decleared winner of the plebiscite.
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