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Emadadja elders reject Jedje as PG
*Warn Police not to impose PG on community
By Tega Uloho
THE Elders and leaders of the oil-rich Emadadja Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State has warned one Mr. Emmanuel Jedje to desist from parading himself as President General of the community, affirming that the only person duly selected and sworn in by consensus is Mr. Daniel Keleju Ovedje, stressing that any act of self imposition shall be resisted by the community.
The elders also warn the Assistant Inspector General of Police for Zone 5, Benin City to stay away from the issue of President General of Emadadja as the people would not tolerate any attempt at using the police to harass the people towards foisting an unwanted person on them.
In a letter addressed to the Ovie of Udu Kingdom, HRM Owhorhu 1 and signed by the most elderly man (Okpakorere) of Emadadja Community, Papa Ladja Pribowei and most elderly men of the other quarters in the town including, Papa Philip Ebah Brosu for Ighwreni quarters, Papa Akpovoka Ohwajechon for Ator quarters and Ekuruemu Uron for Ekrovie quarters, the elders expressed ”dismay and gross disappointment over an announcement in the State-owned DRTV/Radio suggesting a purported inauguration of a new President General for Emadadja Community in the person of one Mr. Emmanuel Jedje, an incident that is capable of breaching the peace and causing chaos, anarchy and a break-down of law and order if not checked immediately.
The statement maintained that, the President General of Emadadja Community who was duly elected/selected by popular decision, and eventually sworn in for a single tenure of three years in April 2019 in the Community Town Hall and in line with the Community Constitution is Mr. Daniel Keleju Ovedje, stressing that, the Television/Radio announcement therefore came to the community with rude shock as nothing happened to warrant any change in government.
It stated that, the purported inauguration of Mr. Emmanuel Jedje in his bedroom by a handful of his friends is therefore a nullity, a ruthless affront on the constitution of the community and a slap on the face of the Community elders and leaders who have all accepted the leadership of Mr. Daniel Ovedje.
It stated further that, in April, there were misunderstandings with regards the family that should produce the President General, and the matter became so complicated that an appeal was made to the authority of Udu Local Government Council to wade in for peace to reign.
It added that, meeting was held for the purpose of resolving the logjam at the Council Secretariat with the Council Chairman, Chief Jite Brown presiding, and the community elders, youths and opinion leaders in attendance.
The meeting resolved that Ikreni family should produce the new President General, and the decision was accepted by all and the new President General from Ikreni family, Mr. Daniel Ovedje was duly sworn in same day at the community town hall together with other members of the executive in the full glare of the entire community.
The statement also maitained that, there are no leadership problems in the community, the people are at peace with the current administration under Mr. Daniel Ovedje and the community will not tolerate any act capable of provoking avoidable unrest and crisis in the community reminiscent of what happened in 2004 which resulted in the death of three persons and destruction of property worth millions of naira, an incident the community has not fully recovered from.
The elders reiterated that the only President General of Emadadja Community known to the elders, leaders, and people of the community is Mr Daniel Keleju Ovedje, and anyone parading himself as one is a usurper,
The elders however frowned at the attempt by Mr. Emmanuel Jedje to coerce the community into accepting him, stressing that if he feels shortchanged in any manner, the courts are there for him to ventilate his grievances and not through the use of the police to harass the people