By Zika Bobby
The Oko Youth Association (OYA), in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State has picked holes in the planned plot by a group of people in Oko community to install a caretaker committee by stopping the election of the Oko People’s Union (OPU) earlier billed for last month.
The President of OYA, Mr Emmanuel Izuegbunam, while insisting on general election in a statement said the posture of the minority group in the community led by Sir. Ephraim Offorma and Sopuruchukwu Ezeonwuka , representing Orumba Federal constituency, undermined the decision of the Oko community in conducting elections in September this year as amended in the constitution of OPU.
According to Izuegbunam, it is not the decision of the town union to put in place a caretaker committee, warning that any group that subverts the decision of the Oko community will be dealt with according to the law.
“ We were shocked to learn that the minority group has stopped the town union election that was supposed to hold last month.
The good people of Oko town are not experiencing any form of crisis. The plan to install a caretaker committee for whatever interest is worrisome.This is capable of setting the town back. Their agenda is capable of causing disintegration in the community.”
Why should a caretaker committer be set when the entire community has constitutionally agreed to conduct election? Their posture calls for questioning. This is unconstitutional. The current executive of OPU wants to conduct democratic election and hand over in December, 2016 as stated by the constitution as amended.
To move Oko forward and achieve unity and peaceful coexistence among the indigenes, the youth leader warned that “whosoever is part of this plot to install a caretaker committee should desist from such act – we advise anybody or group of persons that have been appointed to be part of the caretaker committee to turn such offer down for the sake of peace as the town will not accept such and will do everything within its power to oppose such committee.
“We also call upon His Excellency, Chief Willy Obiano the Executive Governor of Anambra State to use his good office to disapprove such uncanny plot as this is likely to degenerate into a community clash which we do not need at this point in time,” he added.