Crisis rocks Cardinal Arinze’s community over leadership tussle
Leadership tussle is presently rocking Anambra State’s sleepy town of Eziowelle, Dunukofia Local Government Area, the country-home of Francis Cardinal Arinze, the one-time head of the Vatican office and Coadjutor to the Archbishop of Onitsha, following tussle over the leadership of the town union.
This followed the purported removal of the President-general of Eziowelle Improvement Union (EIU), Titus Akpudo, and his replacement by the Abuja branch chairman, Ezenwa Azie , by an assembly of branch chairmen and secretaries, a week ago.
The newly installed President-general has been mandated to act on his behalf pending the conduct of a general election within ninety days from the November 9, 2019 removal date.
A letter dated November 12, this year on the development has been sent to the office of the governor, through his Special Adviser on Town Union Matters seeking revocation of the recognition extended to the alleged sacked President-general and extend same to his successor, pending the formal appointment of a Caretaker Committee by the government and fresh formal election.
Two stakeholders in the community, Felix Okafor and Martin Osochukwu described the removal of the former President as good riddance to bad rubbish, expressing hope that his successor would lead with a humane face.
But in a swift reaction, Akpudo dismissed the action, contending that he remains the union’s leader.
Trouble started to brew when branch chairmen and secretaries of the mother union, EIU met on November 11, this year to sack Akpudo, after moving a vote of no confidence for alleged inability to honour administrative bail granted him by the office of the Inspector-General of Police Force Headquarters CIID, Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi and abandonment of the union’s leadership. The removal followed a motion to that effect by the chairman of the home branch of EIU, Chief Anthony Chigbo citing Article X, paragraph F, who alleged that the embattled former town union leader engaged in act of hide-and-seek, and failed to account for some of his actions.
When contacted, traditional ruler, Igwe Michael Okonkwo called for peace, urging the warring factions to come to a round table discussion to settle the matter.
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