In a move of solidarity for its President General, the entire people of Enugu-Ngwo have protested over what they called a politically orchestrated plot to drag their town’s President-General before the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Recall Lodega Media had reported the President-General of Enugu-Ngwo was summoned by the EFCC in what many in the community view as a politically motivated prank employed by a handful of people who were dissatisfied over the current state of affairs.
In a letter dated 16 May but served May 20, the antigraft body had requested the PG to appear at its Zonal office alongside all members of his cabinet and detailed report of his tenure as President-General of the community on 23 May (today).
But in a predictable twist, the Igwe of Enugu-Ngwo, Igwe I.O.U Ayalogu and members of his cabinet, alongside the Chief of the community, and council of elders have marched with their President-General to answer the summons of the EFCC.
The people of Enugu-Ngwo have also shut down Ekeani market both as protest and a show of support for its leader who they claim is blameless and transparent in his administration.
As early as 5am youths and elders could be seen placing palm fronds in the market Square entrance and barricading stalls in the market, a traditional means of asking both traders and buyers to stay away
Speaking to some members of the council of elders who preferred anonymity, they were of the opinion that the entire community cannot bow to a few elements who are bent on disrupting the peace of the town by using agents of government to carry out their political schemes.
“you can see even the Igwe is not happy and left his palace to join us to the EFCC office. If they said the good PG stole, is it not our land and property it is? So why are we not complaining?”
“It is quite ironic that the best and most transparent administration in this village will be dragged before the EFCC which isn’t supposed to be descending to handling village matters”, fumed an angry elder in council.
Lodega has it on good grounds that there is a political feud over a second term which both Congress and General Assembly have agreed to for the PG to embark on through general elections, however a few opposite forces are angry over the move. The scuffle had earlier been waded into by the Executive Chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area, Honourable Emma Onoh who has been trying to broker peace between the factions.
So far, the President-General has reiterated that he has no intention of seeking another term in office.