Kingship Tussle: Protest Rocks Akwete Ndoki Over Plans To Impose Monarch

Kingship Tussle: Protest Rocks Akwete Ndoki Over Plans To Impose Monarch

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Indigenes of Umuihueze autonomous community, Akwete Ndoki ancient Kingdom, in Ukwa-East Local Government Area (LGA) over the weekend, staged a peaceful protest over plans to impose Chief Daniel Nwuzor as the new traditional ruler of the area.

The community who were wielded with different placards called on Abia state Governor, Dr. Alex Otti OFR to call the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Prince Uzor Nwachukwu to order to avoid breakdown of law and order.

They also called on Gov Otti to investigate the activities of the Commissioner who they alleged has been bribed by the Federal Lawmaker representing Ukwa Federal Constituency, Hon. Chris Nkwonta and allow them to use their traditional ruler nominee, nominated according to their customs and traditions.

Fielding questions from newsmen, the Palace Secretary of the Community, Mr. Ogbonna Chijiuche, explained that Akwete ancient Kingdom has existed for almost 500 years, and has a well-established monarchical dynasty of succession and is not known for kingship tussle.

He explained that the Umuihueze Akwete council of Chiefs had written to the Abia state government through the office of the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; requesting to present the Onyenweala VII using the old and subsisting regulations of Umuihueze autonomous community which got a written approval.

Ogbonna said: “I wondered what must have changed from the earlier approval the community got on the matter that made the Commissioner to made a U-Turn from his initial approval to now request for plebiscite to be conducted against the dynasty of succession and traditions of Umuihueze Akwete Ndoki ancient Kingdom.”

In his words: “The traditional stool of Umuihueze autonomous community, Akwete Ndoki ancient Kingdom which is known as Onyenweala has existed for more than 400 years with King Agbara Akunwata Otuji, the Onyenweala 1 of Akwete Umuihueze autonomous community.
The Onyenweala III after Dadaa Ekeke Agbara the Onyenweala II was the King Okerenta Ekeke Agbara who signed the treaty with the British in 1892, thus, bringing Akwete under British Protectorate, after Lagos in 1860. The last Onyenweala VI, King (Eze) Truman Wabara Akpara died in 1980″.

He disclosed that Akwete Ndoki Council of Chiefs had unanimously nominated and presented Chief Augustine Enyinnaya Ogbulu as Eze-elect of Umuihueze Akwete autonomous community, waiting for other government processes to be initiated and ratified.

He regretted the attitudes of the commissioner, Hon. Nwachukwu, alleging bribing and corruption from the Federal Lawmaker, Nkwonta who is from the Community.

Speaking with another member of the council of Chiefs, Mr. Onyekwere Onyema, he alleged that the Abia state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Nwachukwu and Hon. Nkwonta are all out to desecrate the sacred traditions of Umuihueze Akwete autonomous community, calling on the Gov. Otti to wade into the matter to restore sanity and order.

One of our respondents who pleaded anonymity, said that Chief Nkwonta had invited the Abia state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Nwachukwu to Abuja and allegedly induced him financially as both were sighted severally at Nkwonta’s residence in Abuja.

Reacting to matter, the Abia state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Nwachukwu insisted that plebiscite must be conducted, adding that the protest does not discredit the process.

He also denied any financial inducement from Hon. Nkwonta.

Fielding questions from newsmen on the protest from the aggrieved members of his community, at Ukwa-East Council headquarters, Akwete, Chief Nkwonta said: “It is not my business, nor my concern”.

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