The recent creation of a new autonomous community out of Obazu Autonomous community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State has been met with stiff opposition from various groups in the community domiciled at home and abroad.
Strong petitions have, therefore, been sent to the Governor of Imo State and the Speaker of Imo House of Assembly calling for the nullification of the new autonomous community carved out of Obazu Autonomous Community by sundry groups.
They include petitions to the Speaker of Imo House of Assembly from Obazu Town Union dated August 19, 2015, a communiqué opposing the move by Obazu Welfare Union, Abuja Branch dated 6th July 2015, a petition from the OBZ London, UK and Ireland and the one from Obazu National Council (ONC) Mayfield, USA dated July 23rd 2015.
A common point stressed in each petition was that the splitting of Obazu into two autonomous communities would adversely affect the execution of developmental projects being currently embarked upon by Obazu Autonomous Community.
Again, the petitioners dismissed the reason being canvassed by the proponents of the new autonomous community that its creation would enhance the proposed Mbieri local government by arguing that local government-creation is constitutionally the duty of the federal government.
The petitioners insist that the people of Obazu were not consulted before splitting the community into two and according to ONC, “we are troubled by and strongly condemning whoever that is demanding or proposing the splitting of Obazu into two autonomous communities without consulting the people of Obazu”
Meanwhile, at a well-attended general meeting at the palace of the traditional ruler of Obazu, Eze Francis Elendu Agunwah, the people passed a vote of confidence on the traditional ruler warning that “any attempt to remove him and impose an Eze on the people of Obazu shall be robustly and vigorously resisted by the people.”
This followed move by some elements in the community to get the Eze deposed by citing some sections of the Ezeship and autonomous community law of Imo State.
The meeting equally noted and deprecated the petition by the Town Union and subsequent police action of stopping the meeting as well as breaking into the Eze’s palace to hold an illegal gathering despite the dissolution of his cabinet by Eze Agunwah.
Consequently, the meeting dissolved the executive committee of the Obazu Town Union following a vote-of-no confidence on the former executive.
A five-member interim executive committee was appointed to oversee the affairs of the Obazu Town Union for six months.
They are Sir Chibunna Iheuko (President-General), Mr Emeka Nosiri (Secretary General), Barr. Charles Ohalete (Treasurer), Mr. Alex Ebikam (PRO), and Mr. Godswill Ewurum (Provost).