Tenure Expiration: Uneasy Anxiety Trails Amichi Development Union.
There appears to be palpable anxiety within the ranks of AMICHI DEVELOPMENT UNION (ADU) over the tenure of its present leadership.
The regime of the current executives led by Chief Daniel “Okwuemenwa” Ugwumba(Ike Di Na Chukwu) logically came to an end on 13th April 2020. However, the ban placed on public gathering by Anambra State Government, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic made the conduct of fresh election impossible. Consequently, the Chief Ugwumba-led has continued to pilot the affairs of the union.
This has not gone down well with some sections of the members and opinion leaders as they have continued to agitate for for a way out, noting that current executives as it is cannot continue to operate on illegality, having stayed beyond their tenure or 4 years.
One Mr Osondu said: “The tenure of ADU Executives officially expired yesterday(13th April). Covid-19 prevented the election scheduled for yesterday(13th April). The right thing now is for the Committee managing Lagos Branch to takeover ADU completely, as an interim or care-taker government for 6 months, until it is possible to organize an election after Covid-19. Leaving the present executives in power beyond their official mandate could be very dangerous and counterproductive.”(sic)
Efforts to get official reaction from ADU was unsuccessful as it understood that all efforts are currently channelled towards the COVID-19 battle in Amichi , to ensure he community remains safe from the deadly virus.
The traditional ruler of the community HRM Barr Dr Ofobuike Alphonsus Ezeoke (Igwe Eneke) last week issued further directives on the best practices to ensure the disease doesn’t come into his community, urging his people to remain vigilant health wise.
A source who pleaded anonymous said: “Okwuemenwa is currently focused on making sure that ndi Amichi are safe from this coronavirus something. That is what is most important to him now. Onye di ndi n’eme election(only someone who is alive participates in election). He has been running around with other stakeholders to make sure that everything that belongs to Amichi from the government gets to us. He has been moving round with people who are donating materials and face masks to make sure that it goes round. It’s not his making that election could not be conducted, after all he has already inaugurated an electoral committee. He deserves credit for all his efforts, not condemnation.”
AMICHI MAGAZINE shall continue to monitor the developments regarding this issue and shall report accordingly.