ASABA – Ashaka Kingdom in Ndokwa East local government area of Delta State, is currently in torpsy turvey following the crisis that engulfed the Community over the alleged sacking of APU, CDC leaders
Since the Okpala-Uku of Ashaka kingdom in Ndokwa East Local government area of Delta State, His Royal Highness Solomon Usoro announced the alleged sack of the leadership of Ashaka Progressive Union, APU, and the Community Development Committee, CDC, for alleged inefficiency and insubordination, the leadership of the community is fighting themselves.
The traditional ruler, while unfolding his New Year plans for the community to journalists at his Ashaka residence, said he was ready to work with them.
Also affected in the sweeping change was the office of the spokesman, Chief Patrick Ogeleka, who was replaced with Nze Paul Jumbo, as a eight-man caretaker committee headed by the immediate past regent, Ogbuefi Anthony Miligu, was put in place of the dissolved of the Apostle Chukwunweike Okolo led CDC.
Meanwhile, leadership of APU has filled a suit in Kwale High court to restrain the change of guard and challenging their sack, while the Apostle Okolo said he remains in office, despite the purported sack.
According to Miligu, “The Okpala-Uku-In-Council in their wisdom, after a review of the activities of the APU, the CDC and community spokesman, sent them packing for gross inefficiency, insubordination and actions against the development and well-being of the kingdom.
“The Okpala-Uku in his capacity as the primus inter pares terminated the Dr. Paul Metieh led APU after two years of unfulfilled promises and lack of regards to the traditional institution. The CDC on the other hand was dissolved for not bringing any form of development to the kingdom, despite repeated cautions,” he added.
He further stressed that the committee under his watch has six months within which they are expected to turn the financial fortune of the community around for needed development of the town, in tandem with the Okpala-Uku’s directives. Meanwhile all other committees remain dissolved till further notice.
Other members of the new CDC Caretaker Committee are Nze William Omoru, Secretary, Chief Lucky Ogbekene, treasurer and Miss Nneka Odili, women leader. Also inclusive were Comrade Ifeanyi Ozegbe, Public Relations Officer, Mr. Keshi Aniefor, youth representative, Mrs. Augustina Olise, financial secretary and Mr. Emeka Onyia, Ex-officio member.
In his reaction, Ashaka CDC, chairman, Apostle Okolo told our correspondent via telephone on Wednesday that he remains the CDC Chairman, saying, “Some people are just trying to manipulate the Okpala-Uku for their selfish interest. As far as I’m concerned, my Exco remains in office, having just spent barely a year in our four tenure mandate
“As I speak with you, I have not been formally removed by the Congress that elected us. Al the relevant authorities are still relating with my Exco. We were not appointed by anybody. Already the the President General of APU has already gone to court to restrain them from any illegal action”, added the embattled CDC chairman.