From reports reaching us, it is evident that the current Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and his kinsmen have been at loggerheads over the post of the president general of Alor Peoples Convention.
Ngige, it was learnt met a brickwall recently when he allegedly attempted to install his man Friday, Uzoma Igbonwa who was sacked by the Peter Obi government as president general following several petitions from indigenes of the town who complained of abuse of office by Igbonwa.
Report had it that based on a purported court judgment they got from Awka, Ngige on Sunday, February 17, stormed his hometown of Alor in Anambra state to allegedly run a parallel government as the Anambra state government have a constituted caretaker government in place already in Alor.
It was reported that on that day as early as 7am a combined team of the Nigerian Army, Police, Navy and Civil Defence Corp landed with 7 Hilux vans and cordoned off Umuoshi village hall Alor, venue slated for the purported election thereby preventing the few of his followers who wanted to access the hall from going in.
At about 1pm Senator Ngige drove to the venue and asked to see the leader of the security team who was the Nnobi divisional police officer (DPO) and told him to order his men to vacate the hall entrance and allow them in but the DPO told him that he was acting on the orders of the governor of Anambra state who ordered them through the state police commissioner to maintain law and order and stop any kangaroo election in the town.
When Senator Ngige noticed that the DPO stood his ground, he quietly entered his vehicle and drove away to another venue, Okebunoye village hall with his few loyalists to conduct election where of course, his man emerged president general.
However, speaking on phone, the traditional ruler of the town HRM Igwe M. C. Okonkwo said: “the state government recently circulated a letter through the office of the commissioner for chieftaincy and town union affairs foreclosing the issue of organising or holding any town union elections in the whole of Anambra state until further notice so only heaven knows where on earth Ngige and his cohorts derived the power to organise the thing they call election because only the state government have the powers to approve such elections and also in the event of such an election, the state government usually provides at least two representatives to monitor and supervise the election, the association of Anambra state town unions ASATU, the various development unions of the town based in the diaspora, all the villages that made up Alor including my cabinet also must send in their delegates according to Alor constitution but with what happened on Sunday the reverse is the case.”
Also speaking, the incumbent President general of Alor under the caretaker government of Mr. Okey Elesiuba collaborated what the traditional ruler of the town said adding that “even if Ngige got a ruling from the court ordering for an election, the right and lawful thing he should do is to approach the incumbent government of Alor through his office and he will in turn meet with the state government who will approve such an election then some payments would be made and other necessary documents obtained but in this case such procedures were never followed, so what they did was just a charade and it is null and void.”
Meanwhile, tongues have been wagging that Ngige surreptitiously fixed the meeting for Feb 17. 2019, a day after the Presidential elections would have been concluded when votes would be under collation to enable him not protect the Votes of All Progressives Congress.
By this arrangement he will close his eyes while the opposition parties do whatever they like. Recall he was saved by Obasanjo’s vice from being kidnapped as governor.