As ATDU election ends in fiasco
By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA— The town union leadership crises rocking the people of Adazi-Nnukwu community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state took a dangerous dimension at the weekend following the alleged refusal of the out-going President-General of Adazi-Nnukwu Town Development Union, ATDU, Chief Benedict Enemuoh to vacate his seat and appoint a returning officer to conduct an election that would have ushered in a new set of town union leadership.
According to eye witnesses, trouble started when Enemuoh after delivering his valedictory speech to the crowd in the presence of some officials of the state Ministry of Local Government, Town Union and Chieftaincy Matters, ordered every body to leave the town hall and go outside for an accreditation of voters.
But as he was ordering everybody out of the hall, the crowd refused to leave the hall and insisted that having delivered his valedictory speech, he should have dropped the union documents and appoint a returning officer to conduct the election, instead of trying to do so by himself.
His refusal to vacate the seat and their refusal to obey his instruction to go outside and queue up for an accreditation resulted in a near physical combat between his supporters and the rest of the natives, which forced the visiting government officials to hurriedly announce the postponement of the election till the next day.
Sources said on getting to the town hall the next day, the natives discovered to their chagrin that the town hall was not only under lock and key but also surrounded by some unknown persons suspected to be vigilante operatives allegedly imported into the community from a