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Amawbia elects new monarch

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HISTORY was re-enacted in Amawbia town in Awka South Local Government Area as indigenes of the ancient community from home and in  diaspora returned to elect a new traditional ruler, the Okpaligwe II.

The event which had all the trappings of peace, concord and earnest desire to have a new royal father, held under the auspices of the Regent of Amawbia, Ozo  Nnaemeka Maduka, the town union executives and central council of the town amid heavy security watch, including the military, Police, DSS personal and officials of Anambra State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Affairs.

15 age grades, numbering a total of 780 voters who cleared their debts in the town participated in the election exercise conducted by the Chuka Obele Chuka Election Committee.

Observers include the parish priest of St Mathew Catholic Parish, Rev Fr Michael  Onwukaike, among other clergymen and journalists.

Five contestants from, Umueze Village, Amawbia, as zoned by the town’s construction as amended lurked horns for who becomes the Okpaligwe II of Amawbia.

At the end of the voting exercise, Nze Chinyelu Nworah Molokwu emerged tops as winner with 244 votes to become the Igwe-elect of Amawbia while the closest rival, Ozo Eddy Nwokoye pulled 227 votes.

Other constestants who trailed behind, were Nze Ifeanyi Emmanuel Okonkwo who scored 51 votes, Ozo Mike Akubude, 26 and Prof E.I Nwana, 15 votes.

Speaking at the end of polls, the Igwe-elect, Nze Chinyelu Molokwu assured Ndi Amawbia to live by the legacies of his late father to engender peace, progress and development of the town, urging fellow contestants to join hands with him to move the town forward.

He said, “The ultimate goal of all of us who contested was to impart positively on the town. We are all good candidates but God and the people of Amawbia chose me to lead. I will not disappoint but urge my fellow contestants and Ndi Amawbia to join hands to lift our town above others in terms of peace and development.

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