I Was Misrepresented on Purported Adoption of APC Guber Candidate, Amurri Monarch Says

The traditional ruler of Enuagu Autonomous Community, Amurri clan in Nkanu West LG of Enugu State, HRH Igwe Charles Nwoye, has claims mostly in the social media that he endorsed an All Progressives Congress Governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections in the state.

Speaking during a visit to the Government House, Enugu, by a delegation of the people of Amurri clan on Wednesday, to thank Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and endorse him for reelection, Nwoye said he only conferred a chieftaincy title on the APC chieftain as a royal father.

He lamented that his innocuous deed over a visit to his palace by a “competitor in APC, Sen. Ayogu Eze”, was later grossly misrepresented for some clearly partisan purpose.

Nwoye told the gathering that his action and reception for Eze should not be construed as an attempt to “undermine” Ugwuanyi nor what he has done for the entire Amurri clan.

“I am saying this because you (Ugwuanyi) are a friend in need and a brother indeed”.

The people of Amurri clan subsequently endorsed Governor Ugwuanyi for a second term in office for enthroning peace and good governance in the state and giving them a sense of belonging after so many decades of neglect.

The elated people of Amurri, who trooped out in their numbers to the Government House, Enugu, included the traditional rulers of the four autonomous communities that make up Amurri clan, the town union presidents and virtually all the stakeholders.

Gov. Ugwuanyi (left) with Igwe Nwoye when a delegation from Amurri clan, in Nkanu West Local Government Area, visited the Government House, Enugu

They told Gov. Ugwuanyi that the people of Amurri are solidly behind him and will deliver the highest number of votes for him at the polls.

Presenting their stance, the leader of the delegation, Chief Emma Nnaji (Fingers) stated that the whole clan came to thank and appreciate Gov. Ugwuanyi for constructing their road that was hitherto neglected for decades since the existence of Amurri, adding that “the governor wiped away their tears.”

They therefore, assured the governor that the coming governorship election was a concluded issue in favour of him as far as Amurri is concerned.

According to them, “it is on record that Amurri as a community in Nkanu West Local Government Area had never enjoyed any form of political dividend until God sent to us a son who is after God’s heart in the person of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”.

Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Umuigbo Autonomous Community in Amurri, HRH Igwe Fidelis Nsiegbu, emphasized that they visited the governor to “thank him for his good works in Amurri in particular and Enugu State in general and how you remembered us”.

The monarch disclosed that their people who returned home for Christmas barely recognized the community due to the governor’s intervention in the construction of Amurri road. “Our people who had not seen asphalted road before are now witnessing a well-paved road in Amurri”.

He maintained that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s achievements were too numerous to enumerate, stating “your good work is evident all round; that is why you are called Gburugburu,” he said.

After the people unanimously endorsed Gov. Ugwuanyi for a second term, Igwe Nsiegbu notified the governor of their plan to invite him to Amurri to formally present him with an “Ofo”, a symbolic representation of their endorsement.

“It is there that you will see Amurri people in their right perspective, that we are solidly behind you and re-assure you of our unflinching support. So whatever is trending online since yesterday is not our making. We dissociate ourselves from that. We are still where we are”.

Igwe Nwoye had recently conferred a chieftaincy title on Sen. Ayogu Eze when the latter paid a courtesy visit to the monarch’s palace, a fairly common practice that would later be misconstrued as endorsement by the entire Amurri clan.

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