Ashaka Kingdom in Ndokwa East Council of Delta State has been thrown into pandemonium following the crisis sack of Ashaka Progressive Union (APU) and Community Development Committee (CDC) executives.
Since the Okpala-Uku of Ashaka Kingdom, Solomon Usoro, announced the sack of the executives for alleged inefficiency and insubordination, the leaders of the community have been fighting themselves.
While unfolding his New Year plans for the community to journalists at his Ashaka residence, Usoro, however, said he was ready to make peace and work with them.
Also affected in the change was the office of the spokesman, Chief Patrick Ogeleka, who was replaced with Nze Paul Jumbo, as an eight-man caretaker committee headed by the immediate past regent, Ogbuefi Anthony Miligu, replaced the Chukwunweike Okolo- led CDC.
Meanwhile, leadership of APU has filled a suit at Kwale High Court to restrain the change and challenged their sack, while Okolo said he remained in office in spite of the purported sack.
Miligu said: “After a review of the activities of APU, the Okpala-Uku-in-Council in their wisdom, the CDC and community spokesman removed the executives from office for inefficiency, insubordination and actions against the development of the kingdom.
“The Okpala-Uku, terminated the Dr. Paul Metieh-led APU after two years of unfulfilled promises and disregard for the traditional institution. The CDC on the other hand was dissolved for failure to bring development to the kingdom, despite repeated cautions.”
He further stressed that the committee under his watch was given six months within which to turn around the financial fortunes of the community for development of the town, in tandem with the Okpala-Uku’s directives.
Miligu insisted that all other committees remain dissolved untill further notice.
Reacting to the development, Okolo told The Guardian on telephone that he remained the CDC Chairman, saying: “Some people are just trying to manipulate the Okpala-Uku for their selfish interests. But as far as I am concerned, my executive remains in office, having just spent a year of our four-year tenure.”