Aba community elects international air travel expert as monarch
Members of the 10 villages gathered at the town hall and endorsed an air travel expert/businessman, Chief Judy Johnson Dimgba Ogbonna, as their traditional ruler-elect as recommended by the Eze-ship Selection Committee, constituted in accordance with community’s guidelines.
The endorsement of the monarch was unanimous. When the chairman of the Selection Committee, Comrade Goodluck Ibenji, presented the committee report during the meeting presided over by the President-General, Elder Chijioke Joseph Ibenji, the community erupted in a thunderous ovation.
The Selection Committee chairman said the Eze-elect complied with all the requirements for the office. According to him, he purchased the application form as prescribed by the community constitution. He stated that the selection committee was guided by its terms of reference.
“Hon Judy Ogbonna was vigorously screened and interviewed, and his premises were inspected as stated by the constitution. He was selected unopposed as Eze-elect of Eziukwu-Aba Ancient Kingdom, after meeting the requirements needed for this position.
“The Selection Committee thereafter presented the Eze-elect to the community. The next process is that the President-General, the Traditional Prime Minister, Onyeisiala la Isiopara, Village Heads and the chairmen of the villages as well as the Selection Committee shall present the Eze-elect to the chairman of Aba South Local Government Area,” he said.
In his remarks, the Eze-elect showed appreciation for the honour. “With my whole self, I accept the honour you have done to me. Please work, support, and fully cooperate with me by removing hatred, discrimination or disunity among us,” he charged his people.
He told The Guardian that within his first six months in the saddle, something would be done to address access roads to the community with a view to giving them a facelift.
While commending the people for re-uniting peacefully, the President-General described the Eze-elect as the right person for the throne, hence he had no opposition.
“We are confident he would work harder for the progress and development of our community,” he stated.
Former chairman of Aba South Council, Chief Okezie Erondu, told The Guardian that the choice of Chief Judy Ogbonna was the wisest one after peace eluded the ancient community for over 18 years.
He added that the Eze-elect would expectedly use his rich experience, local, national, and international contacts to restore glory to the community.
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