A group in Anambra State is presently boiling over the choice by some folks in the neighborhood to alter its identify from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu.
The group which is in Orumba South Native Authorities Space has been in disaster since a referendum championed by one among its sons, Dr Godwin Maduka triggered a change within the identify of the group from Nkerehi to Umuchukwu. Part of the group has, nevertheless, insisted that it’ll proceed to bear the previous identify.
Ladies from the group numbering over 200, on Thursday, beseeched the Anambra State authorities home in protest, calling on governor Obiano to wade into the disaster in the neighborhood, accusing Maduka of reigning terror on them.
The ladies who had been all wearing black wielded placards with numerous inscriptions, and banners, exhibiting 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 stated, “we’re Nkerehi folks in Orumba South LGA. Dr Godwin Maduka has been utilizing his brother, Kenneth Maduka to terrorize us.
“They killed my husband just lately, and took the corpse away. The issue is that in 2007, they modified the identify of our group, 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 group, as a substitute of taking the legal guidelines into their arms.
She stated, “I’m right here on behalf of Anambra authorities to obtain you folks, and to thanks for a peaceable protest. I do know that no matter might make you folks to be wailing like this isn’t a joke.
“I counsel you to be calm, the governor is a relaxed man and doesn’t enable intimidation, so he won’t permit you to be intimidated by anybody, now that he is aware of. We’ve got your petition, and the governor will look into it,” she stated.
In the meantime, Dr Godwin Maduka has denied being concerned in any case of intimidation, harassment and molestation amongst ladies in his group, however fairly 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 stated, “The alleged circumstances 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 doubt, Dr. Maduka’s (Okosisi Orumba) presence in politics has modified the narratives; a number 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 help and towering repute of the Umuchukwu born globally famend medical knowledgeable.”
He insisted that due technique of a referendum was adopted in altering the identify of the group, and the identify 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 Social gathering within the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.