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Ibeku Crisis: Ukaegbu group seeks neutrality from Abia govt

Ibeku Crisis: Ukaegbu group seeks neutrality from Abia govt

The leadership crisis in Ibeku Egwuasa Development Asso­ciation (IEADA) has taken a sudden twist as Chief Princewill Ukaegbu fac­tion has admonished Abia State Government against taking sides or recognising the Chief Emeka Enyeazu group.
It also dissociated itself from a peace accord “pur­portedly brokered a fort­night ago by the paramount ruler of Ibeku land, HRM Eze Samuel Onuoha (Ogu­rube IV of Ibeku).
Ibeku clan which com­prises 15 autonomous com­munities that play host to Abia seat of power has been polarised over the leader­ship of IEADA.
Chief Emeka Enyazu and Chief Ukaegbu both lay claims to the presidency of the town union, a matter that is now pending before a law court.
The Ukaegbu group, in a press conference at Nkata Town Hall, Umuahia, in­sisted that Ukaegbu is the authentic President Gen­eral of IEADA, dismissing any other person laying claims to the seat as an “im­personator”.
Former special adviser on media to ex-governor Theodore Orji, Chief Josh­ua Ogbonna, who read a prepared speech of the group urged members of the public to discounte­nance the purported recon­ciliation.
According to him, Ukae­gbu has the certificate of in­corporation and the seal of the association, hence, any­body laying counter claims should be disregarded.
Some of the signatories to the speech include for­mer Abia speaker, Sir Stan­ley Ohajuruka; the imme­diate-past president general of IEADA, Chief Onwuna­ruwa Onuoha; Chief Uche Akwukwaegbu, Chief Israel Nwosu, Chief Moses Eme­nike, among others.
The speech read in part: “For the avoidance of doubt, there was no peace settlement meeting ever held in Ibekuland, rather, what transpired was that those who were sanctioned and ostracised by the Ogu­rube-in-council for des­ecrating the land went to Ogurube to beg for pardon and appeasement of the gods of the land.
“Let no one be deceived, the purported peace settle­ment did not take place. All that was done was a mere plea for readmission of those who had despised the stool of Ogurube and shown repentance, and had begged Eze Samuel Onu­oha for forgiveness; this cannot be taken to mean ceding the presidency of IEADA to Emeka Enyeazu”.
The group advised the state government against associating with any IEADA executive other than the one led by Ukae­gbu to avoid plunging the community into chaos.
“Government should not recognise anybody as IEADA other than Ukae­gbu or it will be creating a problem it may not be able to solve”.

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