#EXCLUSIVE: Pandemonium Looms As Threats, Bribery, Contempts Of Court, Resignation Mars Aguibeje Igweship Tussle | CABLE REPORTERS


Crisis looms in aguibeje as Igweship election draws near, Cable Reporters gathered that the Igweship Election slated to hold in Aguibeje Autonomous Community Enugu-Ezike is likely to be marred by violence as evidenced so far. This is because according to verifiable facts, the election which hitherto was planned to be free, fair and credible is being thwarted by external interferences, subversion of justice, breach of the community constitution, bribery, cohesion, administration of oaths using threats and threat to lives.

So far it is gathered that an electoral committee set up by the Town Union President with good intentions has been divided along interest lines leading to subversion of justice.

The community constitution is evidently clear as to how the delegates are to be selected but contrary to the constitution, the elders in the council who have been bought over and forced to oath-taking alongside their deputies have allegedly decided to be a barrier in the progress of Aguibeje community. If the constitution stipulates that each kindred should submit 2 delegates thus; the eldest man or his representative and an elite from the kindred is strictly followed, there won't be rancour but due to inordinate ambitions,  some money bags/politicians outside the Aguibeje community are using their clueless surrogates in the community to coerce the gullible elders into oath-taking.


The legal luminary and counsel to Chief Leonard Eze, one of the leading contenders to the Igweship Stool of Aguibeje Autonomous community G. O. Ugwuoke Esq has notified the Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters Enugu State, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Enugu state, the Executive Chairman Igboeze North LGA and the President General of Aguibeje Town Union of a pending Suit No: EZ/25/2019: Vincent Ngwu & anor. V Leonard Eze & anor. at the High Court of Justice Enugu-Ezike wherein the plaintiffs are contesting the validity of the election of the 1st Defendant, Leonard Eze, as Igwe elect, which election was held on the 11th day of November. 2018. 

Barr. Ugwoke averred that conducting the election on the 24th of May, 2021 or any other date whatsoever without first dispensing with the substantive suit aforementioned tantamount to contempt of court as the action will amount to what is termed subjudice in the legal parlance and prosecutable.

Given the foregoing, the lawyer urged the government apparatus mentioned above to ensure that no other Igweship election should be held in the Aguibeje Autonomous community until the suit under review is determined.


The electoral committee chairman for the conduction of the Aguibeje community Igweship election has resigned few days to the election. Mr Augustine Ugwu who was filled with optimism on the day he was appointed to head the electoral body has thrown in the towel sitting irregularities, division among members, looming violence and threat to his life as his reasons. Mr Ugwu who handed over his resignation letter to the Town Union President Mr Tony Obiora Nwaeze on Friday 21st May 2021 thanked the PG for the honour bestowed on him by the appointment but added that he is resigning for fear of violence as evidenced by what is already playing out in the process of selection of delegates. To him; "if the elders who are supposed to be purveyors of peace are spoiling for war, what is our hope?"

Mr Ugwu posited that the Igweship tussle is not worth the blood of any member of the community. He enjoined the supervising ministry, the Local Government Authority and the Government of Enugu State to act promptly to avert this looming danger. To him, there are already orchestrated plans to unleash mayhem on the people by some miscreants during or after the election if their choice candidate fails to emerge. He ended by saying that he will always commit the community to prayers.

As it is now, there are palpable tension in the community and uneasy calm is all over the place. Security Agents should be on the red alert to forestall the breakdown of law and order in the community as this may lead to loss of lives and properties.

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  1. Government should act fast as a stitch in time saves nine