A neighborhood in Anambra State is at present boiling over the choice by some individuals locally to vary its title from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu.
The neighborhood which is in Orumba South Native Authorities Space has been in disaster since a referendum championed by considered one of its sons, Dr Godwin Maduka induced a change within the title of the neighborhood from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu. Part of the neighborhood has, nonetheless, insisted that it’s going to proceed to bear the outdated title.
Girls from the neighborhood numbering over 200, on Thursday, beseeched the Anambra State authorities home in protest, calling on governor Obiano to wade into the disaster locally, accusing Maduka of reigning terror on them.
The ladies who had been all wearing black wielded placards with numerous inscriptions, and banners, displaying photos of those that thugs allegedly loyal to maduka maimed.
Spokesperson of the ladies, Dr Mrs Maureen Igwike who addressed authorities officers on behalf of the ladies mentioned, “we’re Nkerehi individuals in Orumba South LGA. Dr Godwin Maduka has been utilizing his brother, Kenneth Maduka to terrorize us.
“They killed my husband not too long ago, and took the corpse away. The issue is that in 2007, they modified the title of our neighborhood, an many objected. Since then, they’ve been visiting the properties of a few of us who insist we stay Nkerehi.”
Addressing the protesters, the Senior Particular Assistant to the Governor on Chieftaincy and Native Authorities Affairs, Mrs Vera Okonkwo counseled the protesting ladies for coming to inform authorities of the anomaly occurring of their neighborhood, as an alternative of taking the legal guidelines into their palms.
She mentioned, “I’m right here on behalf of Anambra authorities to obtain you individuals, and to thanks for a peaceable protest. I do know that no matter might make you individuals to be wailing like this isn’t a joke.
“I counsel you to be calm, the governor is a relaxed man and doesn’t permit intimidation, so he won’t let you be intimidated by anybody, now that he is aware of. Now we have your petition, and the governor will look into it,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, Dr Godwin Maduka has denied being concerned in any case of intimidation, harassment and molestation amongst ladies in his neighborhood, however quite described the protest as one sponsored to tarnish his picture.
Mr Obinna Okafor, Particular Adviser to Dr. Godwin Maduka on Media & Strategic Communications who reacted to inquiries from DAILY POST mentioned, “The alleged instances of molestation, intimidation and harassment had been unfaithful and non-existent. Such futile political blackmail might merely be described as hand of Esau, voice of Jacob.
“Little question, Dr. Maduka’s (Okosisi Orumba) presence in politics has modified the narratives; a whole lot of determined political retailers are uncomfortable with what he’s bringing to the desk for Ndi Anambra. Therefore, they proceed to hunt methods to smear the widespread grassroot assist and towering repute of the Umuchukwu born globally famend medical professional.”
He insisted that due strategy of a referendum was adopted in altering the title of the neighborhood, and the title was gazetted by the Anambra State Authorities, stating that the dissenting households had been lower than three and constituted these mobilized by political opponents for the protest.
Dr Maduka is an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Occasion within the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.