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Ugwuanyi restores peace in Aninri Council, as factions agree to work together

By Lawrence Njoku
12 April 2022   |   4:04 am
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, in keeping with his peace initiative, yesterday, met with stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Aninri Local Council.

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, in keeping with his peace initiative, yesterday, met with stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Aninri Local Council.

The gesture followed the disagreement that erupted at the monthly council meeting of the party, held at Ndeaboh, during the weekend, which left some people injured.

Ugwuanyi enjoined the Aninri PDP stakeholders to embrace peace and work together as brothers for the progress of the party, the council area and the state.

The governor, on receiving the report of the incident, visited the injured at ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, to empathise with them and made funds available, to ensure they were given adequate medical attention.

The peace meeting, which involved the faction led by the council chairman, Benneth Ajah, and the one led by the member representing Aninri Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Chinedu Okwu (Otaka), offered the participants, including those who sustained injuries, the opportunity to table their grievances before the governor.

In their separate narrations, all the speakers reiterated that Ugwuanyi is their leader and pledged to abide by his decisions at the meeting, aimed at resolving the issues amicably.

They also pledged to abide by the governor’s directions in respect of the PDP primaries in the state and the 2023 general elections.

They appreciated Ugwuanyi for his commitment and resilience in resolving issues in Aninri Council on several occasions, apologised to him for the disagreement during the party meeting and assured him that they would ensure that such incident does not happen again.

Ugwuanyi directed that on no account should people who are not members of the PDP in Aninri be brought to party meetings in the council area.

He also directed that the suspension of some party executives in Oduma Ward IV should be lifted immediately. He added that Victor Okoro remains the chairman of the PDP in Aninri Council, and that nobody should attempt to remove the chairman, so that his deputy presides over meetings of the party in the council.

Ugwuanyi urged the stakeholders to support the council chairman, whom they all described as a good man, develop the area and promote peace and unity among the people. He further advised them not to allow themselves to be used for political tussles.

Accepting the decisions, the leaders of the two factions, Ajah and Okwu, embraced each other and pledged to work together in the interest of peace and progress of the council and the state.

They also thanked Ugwuanyi for his fatherly intervention, as a man of peace, and described him as a God-fearing and humble leader who has sacrificed a lot for peace to reign in Enugu State.