The Igwe-elect of the proposed Nguru Nsukka Autonomous Community of Enugu State, Prince Linus Obayi has praised the indigenes of the Community for carrying out their duties of electing him as their Igwe (traditional ruler) with dedication and a sense of responsibility during the election that took place on Sunday.
The Igwe-elect, who was over joyed by the enormous support he enjoyed from his people during the conduct of the election, disclosed to The Street Reporters Newspaper in a chat shortly after the election that there was no violence whatsoever in the exercise.
Prince Obayi was declared the winner by the leader of the Nsukka Local Government Council Election Committee, Hon. Cosmas Agbo.
He contested in the election against Chief Christian Attajah.
He was of the view that although he scored 721 votes to beat his closest rival with 678 votes, he was particularly happy that the election was generally peaceful.
In his words: “I’m overwhelmed. It was a close contest. The Igweship tussle started a year ago. I have the youths. I taught for 17 years”.
Prince Obayi, former Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG’S) and later Ministry of Information, promised to appoint two youths into his cabinet and reconcile the two warring factions of youths in Nguru community.
Also speaking, Mrs Grace Uchenna Obayi and Dr. Carol Obayi appreciated the peaceful conduct of the election.
Mrs. Grace Obayi specifically said she was happy with Nguru, Nsukka people for their support adding: “If I were to come back to this life again, I would still marry Nguru man. They have been so good to me.
“The two of them were my sons, even though Prince Linus Obayi was closer to me”, she said.
On her part, Dr. Carol Obayi said that the Igwe-elect was her younger brother, arguing that “there was nothing bad in the two men contesting the position, even though people thought they could break the Obayi dynasty of Nguru” in Nsukka.
Present during the election were Enugu State Commissioner for Local Government Matters, Hon. Chijoke Edeoga, Barr. Ethelbert Obayi, the Divisional Police Officer, Nsukka Local Government Area, among others.