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Anambra Community Calls for Fair Selection Process for new Monarch

Members of the Azia Community in Anambra State have appealed to the government to initiate the process for selecting a new traditional ruler following the passing of Professor Titus Eze, who occupied the throne briefly before his demise. Concerns have arisen among the community members regarding the potential appointment of an individual they deem unqualified for the position, prompting them to advocate for a transparent and inclusive selection process.

In a demonstration of their commitment to fairness and openness, the community has expressed readiness to conduct elections among the 12 candidates vying for the position of Igwe of Azia. Emphasizing the importance of government oversight, they have called for the relevant ministry responsible for customs and tradition to monitor the selection process with the governor’s approval, ensuring its legitimacy and integrity.

During a presentation of their grievances to Governor Chukwuma Soludo, the community noted the need for a fresh and impartial selection process, citing past disputes over the Igweship. They have urged the government to respect their autonomy in choosing their leader and pledged to cooperate with due diligence in adhering to constitutional procedures.

Responding to the community’s concerns, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy, and Town Union Matters, Mr. Collins Nwabunwanne, reassured them of the government’s commitment to non-interference in their selection process. He commended their peaceful approach and encouraged them to continue following due process in selecting their traditional ruler, affirming the importance of community consensus in such matters.

IMAGE: Guardian

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