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”.