New monarch emerges in Aba’s ancient town, Etiti-Ohazu

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By Karen James

 

 

The people of Etiti-Ohazu autonomous community in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State have democratically elected, High Chief Blessing Okechi Ogbonna as their new traditional ruler.

The kingdom has been without a traditional ruler since the demise of HRH Eze Ishmael Nnakwu some years back

Pechilly Investigative reports gathered that after voting, the Eze-elect, High Chief Blessing Okechi Ogbonna who is a retired Customary Court Judge, defeated his opponent, High Chief Erengwa Chibundu with 19 votes advantage.

It was learnt that the constitution of Etiti-Ohazu, specified that eligible voters includes: all village heads, all the titled chiefs, all the men executive of Etiti-Ohazu Development Union (EODU), all the women executive of EODU and all the Youth executive of EODU.

Announcing the result, the returning officer, Rev. Dr. Temple Ugwuzo said that the election was keenly contested, as 23 out of 42 eligible voters were accredited, while 19 did not come.

Ugwuzo said that out of the 23 votes cast, High Chief Ogbonna Blessing got 21 votes while his opponent, High Chief Erengwa Chibundu got two vote.

Using the results available, Ugwuzo went ahead to declare High Chief Blessing Okechi Ogbonna as the Eze-elect of Etiti-Ohazu autonomous community and presented him to other traditional rulers present who came as external observes.

Receiving the Eze-elect from the returning officer, Chairman, Aba South Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Eze Ibe Enyeazu, (Ogele Ukwu-1) of Umuogele Ancient Kingdom congratulated the people of Etiti-Ohazu for peacefully electing their new king.

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“I’m a preacher of peace. I’ve always instructed the Ezeship committee to remain transparent. A community without a king will not know what’s happening in the state.

“Your can’t allow your community to go down. Traditional rulers are important. 200 traditional prime ministers can’t replace a king. I thank you for making your choice freely. We’ll work with your new king for the good of all our people,” he said.

The Eze-elect, High Chief Blessing Okechi Ogbonna thanked the people of the community for giving him the opportunity to serve them as a king.

“God will bless you all with sound health. There’s nothing much to say. However, I’m grateful for this mantle given to me. I’m grateful that our people decided to show how transparent they are.

“God will crown you all for crowning a man like me. I’ll serve with the fear of God. I’ll never let you down. I’m educated to the highest level.

“I’m happy our people have chosen their leader. You people should expect good leadership, justice and equity for everybody. Please expect the best of leadership.”

Hon. Obioma Ekpem, Chairman of Ezeship Selection Committee, said that he was satisfied with the conduct of the election and commended the people for remaining peaceful through out the exercise.

He urged the winner to take everybody along, stressing that election is over and the community remains one and must be united for peace and progress.

He said, “There were challenges, but God see us through. We followed the constitution till the last and we made sure that those that voted are the eligible ones.

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“I’m expecting a very peaceful community. A community where widows, orphans and everybody will be carried along to ensure that whatever is due to the people get to them.

“I want both the winner and his opponent to come together and see themselves as one. We’re one Etiti-Ohazu. I urge our people to cooperate with the Eze elect to develop our land.”

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