Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is in the news again over the appointment of a Caretaker Chairman for Odigbo Local Council Development Ar

Residents of Odigbo community are protesting alleged imposition of a candidate by the First Lady.

They have accused her of meddling with appointments into the newly created Odigbo Local Council Development Area.

The House of Assembly of the state had earlier passed the bill creating 33 LCDAs out of the existing 18 LGAs in the state.

Caretaker Chairmen are to be appointed to the councils pending the conduct of elections.

However, a crisis in brewing in Odigbo following allegations the First Lady was trying to impose an LCDA chairperson of her tribal origin.

It was alleged that she had penciled down one Eucharia Nwamara, the current Councillor representing Ore Ward, as the new Caretaker Chairman of the LCDA.

But there is a resistance from the residents and leaders of the community, it was gathered.

A former lawmaker who represented the area at the House of Representatives, who would not want his name mentioned, said the plan was to send indigenes of the community to political oblivion because of the love they have for non-indigenes.

He said the leaders were talking to relevant authorities and called for calm among the youths.

“We have this historic antecedent of ensuring peace in our domain. We have told our youths to be peaceful. We are doing many things to ensure peace. We are appealing to the First Lady that we love her and our neighbours. We are saying no to anything that will tamper with the peace of this locality,” he said.

However, the Organising Secretary of Ondo APC, Tunji Moyero, said Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu cried against injustice when she wanted to contest as a Senator in Imo State.

“Our king cannot go to council to take orders from someone who is not from here. If we refused to fight, our children will fight,” he said.

” Everybody must rise up to this. We are begging the wife of the Governor that if there is any pronouncement to that regard, we have no other way. Our youths are prepared. We are fighting for what is legitimate.”

A community leader, Femi Olafumiloye, said the action of the First Lady would disturb peace in the community.

“How can we start an LCDA with a total stranger as the first Caretaker Chairman. It is a passionate plea. She can rescind this decision. We cannot take it. Let our people be the chairman. How can an Ibo woman communicate to us,” Mr Olafumiloye said.

When contacted, Mrs Nwamara said she had lived in Odigbo for over 38 years and had helped to develop the community.

“I am a politician. Everything in life is opportunity. I did not know about any protest,” she said.

“I have lived in Odigbo for over 35 years. I have helped in community development. I am also hearing rumour.”

Spokesperson for the first lady, Tobiloba Fadeyi, said the allegations against Mrs Akeredolu were unfounded.

“She is in Germany right now attending to her husband, that is what she is focussed on and she does not have the time to be involved in who becomes LCDA chairman,” she said.

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