BY VINCENT UJUMADU, Awka
The Speaker of Anambra State Assembly, Princess Chinwe Nwaebili has reportedly faulted his father’s decision, Igwe P.U. Afubero of Ogbakuba in Ogbaru local government area to honour a member of the House of Representatives, Chief Afam Ogene with a chieftaincy title Friday.
It was gathered that the speaker’s grouse was that the chieftaincy title would make Ogene more popular in the area in the race for next year’s House of Representatives in which both have interest for Ogbaru federal constituency.
According to a source, the royal father decided to honour the federal lawmaker with a chieftaincy title in appreciation for what he described as his quality representation and his numerous empowerment gestures to the people of the constituency, especially the youths and indigents.
However, the monarch’s daughter who is rumoured to have an ambition to wrestle the House of Reps seat from Ogene in the forthcoming general election was said to have been infuriated by her father’s open support for Ogene.
Speaker Nwaebili was said to be particularly angry with her father because if he conferred the chieftaincy title on Ogene, people of the constituency will interpret the gesture to mean that her father had tacitly endorsed Ogene’s re-election ambition as against her own interest for the seat.
Following the development, the ceremony, in which many important personalities were to attend, has been shelved with Ogene advising the Monarch to postpone it so that he would not be seen to be a source of discord between the traditional ruler and her daughter.