Delta LG Polls: Commissioner resigns for Brother’s Chairmanship candidature

By Chuks Peter, DELTA |

The Commissioner for Technical Education and former member of the House of Representatives for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, Delta State, Hon. (Pastor) Joan Onyemaechi has resigned her appointment for her younger brother, Hon. Pastor Jude Chukwunwike to emerge LG chairmanship candidate in Aniocha South.

Hon. Joan Onyemaechi said she resigned Following pressure arising from which clan should produce the next Chairmanship candidate in Aniocha South local government area of Delta State, Nigeria,

The commissioner disclosed this In a video which has gone viral, she said her resignation was to pave way for her brother, (Hon. Pastor Jude Chukwunwike), who is contesting for the Aniocha South local government Council Chairmanship to scale through since there had been much bickering kicking against one family having the two positions (Commissioner and Council Chairman).

She was quoted saying this while addressing the congregation at her church in Asaba that “you are now seeing a former Commissioner I have resigned my appointment”

She made it clear that, “it is the turn of Ubulu-Ukwu clan (her clan) to produce the Chairmanship since the other two clans had rotated the same position among themselves in the past.”

There are three clans that made up Aniocha South local government area of Delta State, contesting for the chairmanship position.

The question is which clan is equitably qualified to produce the next Chairman of the local government Council coming up in July.

The clans that made up Aniocha South are namely, Ogwashi Uku, Ubulu-Ukwu and Nsukwa.

Recalled that the development prompted a recent protest staged by group known as Equity Crusaders in Nsukwa Clan, claiming that it was their own turn, accusing Joan Onyemaechi popularly known as Ada Anioma for trying to disrupt the zoning formula due to alleged greed and avarice.

The group went as far as taunting her for allegedly losing her Wards And Units to opposition parties in the last governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the State.

But addressing newsmen at the weekend, the Commissioner for Technical Education, Hon Onyemaechi said, “I refuse to be blackmailed by those who see politics as their farmland.

“The tussle for power is normal, but when you do it in the wrong way, it becomes injurious to you. I perfectly understand what it means to have power and to be in power.

“Nobody can blackmail me because I am an appointee of Government and my brother at the same time is contesting for the office of Chairman in our local government area. I am not the first person who had been favoured to be in government and at the same time having a relation who is also in government.

“My appointment”, she went on, “is at the discretion of the Governor, while that of my brother is his right to contest and based on the zoning arrangement in my local government area, he deserves to do a second term as Chairman.

“The Nsukwa clan did theirs for two terms, the Ogwashi clan completed theirs of two terms, now is the turn of Ubulu clan.

“The young man had done one term and he deserves his second term in office. How is it my fault that I am patronised by government with an appointment?

“Our party the People’s Democratic Party PDP and government respect zoning.

“They knew that my brother was the Chairman of our local government before appointing me as Commissioner.

“The worst of their mischief was coming to protest with a forged Governorship election result of the last election.

“They had claimed I did not win my ward and units with a fake result, but here is the correct result” (displaying it before the press)

Meanwhile, as the July 13 council polls in the state is getting closer, the local government election’s have started consuming politicians.

About eight commissioners have reportedly resigned because of their interest in the polls.

The national telescope Newspaper learnt that their resignation is allegedly as a result of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori marching order.

The governor reportedly told commissioners and political office holders with vested interest or those eager to contest to resign.

Promiment among the said eight commissioners is Hon Joan Onyemachi, Technical Education commissioner

Controversy dogged Onyemachi with Nsukwa clan accusing her of domesticating political offices in her family.

Mr Jaro Egbo , Special adviser on transport and coordinator of Palliative from Ughelli North LGA is also one of them.

His case was specific instructions from the governor to contest the local polls so as to check the influence of Senator Ovie Omo Agege, the APC governorship candidate in 2023 election.

About Olakunle Oyedunmola

A Veteran Journalist | Scriptwriter | Clergy | Photography | Videography | Business Man | An Actor at Medram Network International | A Contractor | Motivational Speaker | A Scout and currently The Chief Correspondent at National Telescope Newspapers,Kwara State Nigeria.

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