Bother is brewing in Udi city, Udi Native Authorities Space of Enugu State over an election into the city union.
DAILY POST gathered that though an election had earlier been carried out final 12 months, the Enugu State Commissioner for rural improvement, Prince Emeka Mamah has now upturned the train, and arrange a caretaker committee instead.
The event has now created pressure within the historical city, with the members of the elected Udi Progressives Union, UPU, sustaining that they might not relinquish their mandate.
Talking on the brewing disaster, the UPU President, Dr. Chinedu Onyia advised journalists that the motion of the commissioner was in utter disregard to a subsisting court docket order.
He stated, “this afternoon, (yesterday) we bought the data that the commissioner in flagrant disregard of court docket order, went forward and constituted a caretaker committee. The court docket injunction has been there since July and the matter continues to be in court docket.
“Unexpectedly, in whole abuse of the court docket course of, he went and arrange a caretaker committee, thereby inflicting issues in our neighborhood. Udi is well-known for its peaceable nature, prior to now, we don’t have any disaster, however with what is occurring, disaster is imminent locally.
“We all know that the commissioner is performing on his personal as a result of the federal government of the day within the State is a really peaceable authorities. We all know the Governor as a really peace loving man who is not going to help this sort of disaster.
“The individuals of this neighborhood got here collectively on the third of October and held an election, a keenly contested election, and the city union government emerged, and ever since then they’ve been working, for over three months now, no drawback.
“Unexpectedly, we don’t know what influenced the commissioner, he threw us again into disaster. It’s most unlucky and regrettable.”
On the way in which ahead, he stated, “we are going to return to court docket and inform it that its order has been flouted. We’re peace loving individuals. However no person can take our mandate from us. Udi individuals got here collectively and elected, so can by no means relinquish that mandate to anyone or any committee. The committee is unlawful and can’t perform. We stay the city union executives of Udi.”
Additionally talking, Mr. Ben Onyia, the chairman of Umuoka village, Udi, stated the motion of the commissioner was extremely condemnable.
Onyia, who stated he attended the assembly the place the commissioner inaugurated the caretaker committee, stated the federal government official (Mamah) ignored all recommendation to not violate court docket order.
He recalled that every one the branches that make up the UPU, together with overseas branches scattered throughout the nation participated within the final 12 months election, stressing that the result was completely accepted “and the outgoing government handed over to the elected government. There was no rancour, everyone was completely satisfied.
He puzzled how the commissioner now rose three months after to consider annulling the election.
In accordance with him, “I bought a name round 9 p.m. that the commissioner has requested to have an viewers with representatives of the villages, the 2 nominees for caretaker and one different individual. I advised the person who there should be a letter to this impact. He advised me that the letter will come on the venue.
“I needed to shelve all my engagements to be there. It was on the venue that one of many chairmen of villages introduced a letter to me, with a whole lot of inconsistencies.
“When the assembly began, the commissioner talked about that he was going to inaugurate a caretaker committee, I advised him level clean that if you’ll inaugurate a caretaker committee, whom are you inaugurating?
“We forwarded names which the court docket stated we must always not cope with. Along with this, there was no prior info, as a result of not less than it’s essential inform the individuals you signify that there was going to be a scenario like this, then they gives you the mandate to signify them or take one or two steps, however the irony of your complete factor is that the identical folks that got here to be inaugurated as caretater took half within the election at Udi final 12 months, voted, maybe their candidate didn’t scale via, they not need it via one other means, utilizing authorities officers.
“Udi is made up of 5 villages, however on this association, Enugu Eze was not current, Umuoka as a village was not a part of it, Eke na Ene was not current, so who was he inaugurating? Two villages.”
He stated regardless of his explanations that the matter was subjudice, the commissioner went forward and inaugurated the caretaker committee.
“I don’t know which a part of the sport he needs to play; he rushed into it,” the village chairman added.
In the meantime, DAILY POST noticed that the discover of assembly with the commissioner dated January, 13, 2021, had the assembly scheduled for Tuesday January 12, 2020.
The discover was signed by Ugwuozor R.N., a Deputy Director within the ministry of rural improvement.
Efforts made to acquire response from the commissioner failed as he was but to react to enquiries by DAILY POST as of the time of submitting this report.