By: Emmanuel Chukwu
Dr Chris Ngige started well in Alor when he was the Executive Governor of Anambra state by making sure he brought development to Alor. He tarred some road in Alor, put boreholes and street lights. But it wasn’t long enough before he felt threatened by the rise of Engr Emeka Eze, the then DG of Bureau Of Public Procurement( BPP).
Engr Eze in his capacity as a DG tarred almost 80% of the roads in Alor, brought 3 health centers and helped graduates from Alor gain employments at federal level in record numbers( over 1000 graduates). This evolvement made Alor indegenes to adulate him and venerate him to the extent that Ngige was almost forgotten in Alor.
This development didn’t sit well with Ngige as he quickly engaged his camp to start sending subliminal text messages to indegenes of Alor smearing and criticizing Engr Eze. But this didn’t go far as Eze was a strong PDP party member and close ally of President Goodluck Jonathan who was then the President of Nigeria. He kept on attracting huge federal projects to Alor, filling Valleys and waging erosions at Saint Johns College Alor with (FERMA) projects.
This squabble Continued up till 2014 when it was time to select a new IGWE ALOR hence IGWE JC NKWOKA died in 2013 and was buried. IGWE stool in Alor being rotational falls between Uruezani and Umuokwu. Uruezani being the head according to history was allowed to produce igwe, unfortunately after 8months of ‘wait’ without producing anybody(their reason was that nobody was interested in igwe from Uruezani) the then screening committee decided to include Umuokwu hence Uruezani could not produce anybody.
A young vibrant man from Umuokwu by the name Chief Chinedu Elibe Okonkwo(42years of age then and currently 49years) came through and obtained a form with 5000naira, went through screening processes with 3 other contestants and emerged the Winner.
Engr Eze prayed for him to lead and serve Alor well while Chris Ngige insisted he was not consulted before making the pronouncement of the Winner of the contest and screening and therefore must make sure he was never going to be crowned Igwe Alor hence he is alive.
Every processes were concluded locally from town union to local govt, to DSS screen point and finally to state Government Where the Executive Governor of Anambra state Governor Willie Obiano issued him certification of recognition.
Ever since then Chris Ngige has been at war with Igwe Elibe, doing all he can to unseat him and vowed to usd his federal Might to crush him.
His Suspension was a big advantage for Chris Ngige who hurriedly went and selected one Mr Ebere onyemesiri and crowned him Igwe Alor.
Not up to 30days of selecting Ebere onyemesiri, State Government lifted the suspension of Igwe Mac Anthony Chinedu Okonkwo Elibe.