Anambra Poll: No Election In Ihiala LGA – Collation Officer

The Returning Officer for the Anambra State governorship election, Professor Florence Obi and other top election officials in Awka on November 7, 2021.


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer for the Anambra governorship election in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state on Sunday said elections did not hold in the LGA.

Ahmadu Umar said this while making a presentation after the result for Aguata LGA was declared.

He, however, didn’t state why there was no election in Ihiala LGA.

He gave the number of registered voters in the LGA as 148,407, insisting that the poll did not take place in Ihiala.

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Another LGA where there were some reported irregularities was Orumba North.

Addressing the Returning Officer, Professor Florence Obi, at the INEC Collation Centre in Akwa, the collation officer, Dr Michael Otu, described his experience as very pathetic.

“To be very frank to you, I want to categorically and unequivocally tell you that there was no election in the best of my knowledge and with the evidence, I am going to buttress herein,” he said.

According to him, the total registered voters in 18 registration areas is 93,608.

A drama ensued when he stated that though he collated the figures, he didn’t believe in it because he signed the results under duress.

“93,608 is what we collated, although I signed this document under duress, I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe in it, it is not my will,” he added.

Police Parade Criminal Suspects In Anambra

Edo_House_of_Assembly-police-at-complexSixteen suspected criminals have been paraded at the State CID, Awka, and at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) premises, Awkuzu, for sundry crimes in Anambra State.

Addressing journalists during the parade, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ali Okechukwu, said that some of the suspects were suspected members of the notorious gang presently terrorizing Nanka community and its environs in Orumba North Local Government Area, while the others are involved in murder and cultism cases.

Among those paraded is Boniface Ikechukwu, also known as Idemili, a suspected notorious armed robber who has been on the Police wanted list for years with six other suspects.

The case of Boniface was in connection with the murder of one Adimora Chukwudelue Emmanuel who he allegedly lured to Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state with his gang, where they dispossessed him of his car and thereafter beat him to death.

Mr Okechukwu said that further efforts were still being made to arrest other members of his gang who were still at large while Boniface would be arraigned soon in court.

The Police also paraded the notorious gang of youths at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awkuzu, for several cases of kidnapping, rape, armed robbery and assassination at Nanka community.

Their continued criminal activities prompted the Anambra State Police Command to re-mobilize and raid the community.

The Police Public Relations Officer appealed to parents to always monitor the activities of their wards and urged the public to continue to volunteer credible information to the Police to ensure that the state continues to be the safest in the country.

The Police rounded off the exercise with the parade of one Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo who with his gang killed two young men at Tarzan junction at Nkpor and several attempts by the Police to arrest them proved futile since 2014.

Mr Okechukwu revealed that on one occasion, a team led by the Divisional Police Officer of Ajalli Police Division was ambushed by the gang. The allegedly stripped the DPO naked and chopped off one of his ears.

APGA National Chairman Wades Into Orumba North Crisis

APGAThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Mr Victor Oye, has waded into the leadership crisis rocking the party in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The party had gone into disarray on March 14, after a delegation went to visit the National Chairman of the party and the next they heard was that he had announced Mr Okwudili Ezenwankwo the party’s leader in the local government above two Board of Trustee members in the local government.

The party members unanimously rejected the party leader imposed on them and publicly announced their rejection.

The National Chairman, Mr Oye, has now stepped into the matter in a meeting with party members, where he recognized Okwudili Ezenwankwo, as the leader of the party in Orumba North.

He said that his recognition of Mr Ezenwankwo as Chairman Orumba North was final.

Speaking with Channels TV at the meeting, he said “There is no problem in Orumba North as far as I am concerned. Whatever we are doing about Orumba North today is how to position the party in that place to win elections.

“We don’t have any personality clash. For what? APGA is very united and I am very serious about it.

“What the party does by recognising some people is a mark of honour.” He added that the party would only work with members who show commitment and loyalty to the party at all times.

Mr Ezenwankwo also spoke to Channels Television and maintained that he was not expecting maximum consent for his new position but he would ensure that unity prevails.

“When the party appoints a leader, it is not a must that everybody will agree but what you have to do is to bring all the people together, tell them why we should work together for the interest of our party,” he said.

Six Anambra Traditional Rulers Receive Certificate Of Rulership

Traditional RulersSix communities in Anambra State are overwhelmed with joy as the state government has officially handed over to their traditional rulers their Certificates of Rulership.

Some of the communities are those whose leadership crumbled due to crisis, as well as those who are without rulers due to the demise of their traditional rulers.

Handing over the certificates to them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano, charged them to rule with honesty and compassion having scaled through the conditions enshrined in the law guiding the institution as provided by the Anambra State House of Assembly.

Governor Obiano also emphasized the need to maintain good relationship with community members, government, churches, and any other recognized institutions in their domain but most importantly treat non-indigenes living amongst them with affection.

He tasked them to represent the state well wherever they will find themselves.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Greg Obi, reminded them of the rigorous hurdles they passed through to get to their present status and so urged them to rule well as the government would not hesitate to withdraw the certificate from any of them who foments trouble.

Some of the subjects spoke of their expectations from their traditional rulers, while some of the traditional rulers also shared some of their plans for their communities.

The six communities are Amesi in Aguata Local Government Area, Amaetiti in Orumba North, Umumbo in Ayamelum, Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha, Eziagulu Otu and Nsugbe both in Anambra East local government areas of the state.

The traditional rulers were accompanied by their families and community members who rolled out their drums in support of and solidarity to their monarchs.