Ndiegu Echara Leadership Crisis: Govt Set Up Reconciliatory Committee

By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya


Ebonyi State government through its official, Commissioner for Internal Security Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, Hon Stanley Okoro Emegha, penultimate weekend dissolved the two factions allegedly contending over the leadership of Ndiegu Echara Development Association in Ikwo LGA.

Our reporter was told by a stakeholder who pleaded anonymity said that the union crisis started on the first quarter of this year as a result of the perceived grievances allegedly displayed by a group of persons under the leadership of Mr. James Okeh.

He said that after the people had found out that the union’s president, Mr. Sunday Nwonu and his executive members did not want to give chance for fresh election or change of leadership after they had allegedly spent nine years in office.

It is on this note that Mr. Okeh and some of his loyalists who were not comfortable with the development constituted their own administration thereby created a parallel leadership in the area which had heightened serious tension before government intervention.

“The people’s annoyance was caused by the action of Mr Nwonu’s refusal to relinguish power after he had spent 9 years as the union’s president against the three years term as contained in the constitution.

“After Mr. James had discovered that the leaders did not have the intention to leave their various offices in the nearest future, he grouped his supporters and began to contend with them”, he said.

Head of the Reconciliatory Committee and Chairman of Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDB), Dr Uche Onwe while addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting held at the Government House, Abakaliki said that the perceived problem was caused by alleged unconstitutional extension of leadership by Mr. Nwonu and his executive members which according to him eventually led to accusations and counter accusations between the two groups.

“This meeting was convened by Hon Emegha whom after hearing from the factions dissolved the leadership of Ndiegu Echara Development Association and appointed me, Head of the Peace Making Committee that will reconcile the contending parties” he said.

According to Dr Onwe who is also the former Chairman of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Ebonyi State University (EBSU), the committee was also mandated to organize a transition programme through which the people would elect their leaders in a peaceful atmosphere and report back to the government within a stipulated time.

” We were directed by the government to liaise with our Traditional Ruler, Development Center Coordinator and Special Assistant to the governor on Internal Security, Ebonyi Central Zone, so that we shall jointly resolve the issue as soon as possible” he said.

He added that if not for this problem which he described as a mild family affair that the entire people of Ndiegu Echara Autonomous Community are highly peaceful and developmental oriented and thereby expressed optimism that their effort would yield a positive result.

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