As Ezeawulu community, chairman battle over fund, land, accountability

By Nwafor Sunday

Concerned members of Egbeani Ezeawulu community in Nibo, Anambra State, have called on its embattled Chairman, Mr. Ignatius Okelekwe aka Ubom Senior to give accountability of stewardship, claiming that the sum of N3.170m belonging to the community could not be accounted for.

Disclosing this to Vanguard one of the aggrieved members of the community, Mr. Onyeka Egbe claimed that the alleged misconduct of Okelekwe resulted in the general disapproval of his leadership by the members of the community.

It was gathered that his actions were such that allegedly divided his cabinet.

Egbe, alias Bishop, who spoke on behalf of the defendants said: “Ubom has spent N3.170million without the exclusive consent and approval of his executive members and the entire community.

“We have been pestering him to conduct and preside over a meeting for us since January, but he refused because he knows we are going to grill him on accountability. Our Constitution provides that we must hold meetings once in a month, particularly on oye market day.

“Section 39 paragraph C, empowers the chairman to conduct and preside over a meeting. Also the same paragraph ‘C’ equally gave the constitutional right to seven executive members to preside over a meeting, which we had and resolved that Mr. Ignatius Okelekwe having seen his unproductive strengths, has stopped to be our chairman.

“He does the work of all the executive members, which unequivocally contradicts the provisions of our Constitution. The principle of separation of power should be adhered to, if he knows what he is doing. Now that he has gone to sue us in Awka High Court. Let us wait and see who will laugh last.”

However, Okelekwe, who spoke to Vanguard in a telephone conversation said, “They lied against me. It is the work of my enemies who are anti-progressives. They hate progress and community development. Though they have seen my abilities and believe me, they are afraid of me. It is only a fool that will exchange words with them.

“What caused all these name calling and accusations was my refusal and insistent, over 40 plots of land they wanted to take through the back which perhaps was not included in the general survey of our Ani- Agu Ugbo.

“That land should not be stolen like that. If they want to take it, I believe it should be made public with the entire community giving their approval.

“In respect to spending their money, I am not their secretary, treasury and am not the one in charge of their money. The buyer paid the money into Ezeawulu’s account not in my account.  I am not in possession of their chequebook. I did not divide my cabinet, they did and their actions warranted me to go to court.

“The money they are talking about is the one I used to fix necessary things in the community. Things like roads and boreholes”, he finally said.

 

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