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Ex-speaker, lawyer, others jostle for vacant Oba stool

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A former speaker of Onitsha North local government council, Uche Madekwe and a legal practitioner, Vincent Ananti, are among the aspirants who have picked the nomination form to contest the traditional stool of the Oba community in Idemili South local government area of Anambra state.

The leadership of the town union, Oba Patriotic Union (OPU), had declared vacant the traditional stool following the death of the last monarch, Igwe Peter Ezenwa, two years ago.

Ananti is a former president of the town union and recently went to the Oba Civic Centre, accompanied by supporters, to collect the form.

Issuing the form to Ananti, OPU president, Rev. Chris Emelie, disclosed that other interested candidates had already collected their forms and urged other interested candidates to do the same.

According to Emelie, “Oba community is made up of nine villages. Except Umuogali village, where the late Igwe Ezenwa came from, all the other villages are entitled to contest the Igweship stool, as enshrined in the constitution of Oba,” he said.

Receiving the form, Ananti pledged to tackle the most critical challenges facing Oba people, including the entrenchment of peace, provision of infrastructural facilities, settlement of land disputes, youth empowerment, scholarship scheme and development of the area.

Madekwe, on his part, expressed optimism over a healthy competition among the candidates, pledging his willingness to support whoever that emerged victorious at the end of the contest, provided the process was transparent, free and fair.

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