The Oba community in Idemili South LGA has written the Senate via the Senate President to reject the nomination of their son, Rev Uche Ibeabuchi as a member of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) representing Anambra state.
The community argues that Ibeabuchi is not fit and proper to represent them and Anambra state as a result of conduct unbecoming. The President President General, Oba Patriotic Union, Stephen Orakwute and the Secretary General, Hon. Ebele Nweze, on behalf of the community accused Ibeabuchi of high-handedess, including the forceful sale of community lands which proceeds he converted to his personal use.
The statement partly reads: “We write to protest the proposed appointment of Rev. Uche Ibeabuchi as representative of Anambra State at the Federal Character Commission.
“Rev. Uche Ibeabuchi is highhanded, he has forcefully sold community lands and converted proceeds to his personal use. He has exhibited at various times that he lacks the communal interest of the Anambra people.
“Currently pending at the Federal High Court in charge No: FHC/AWK/C2/177/2018 and FHC/AWK/C103/2018 is an indictment of fraud, cultism and criminal conspiracies against the nominee Rev. Uche Ibeabuchi which he is yet to be discharged of.
The petition which was signed by village traditional council, including; Chief Edwin Obiabumuo, Chief Basil Okeke and Chief Obi Anachuna, described the nominee as being high-handed. The petition read in part:
“In view of the criminal charges and his character indictment in the pending matter, it is our collective decision that Rev. Uche Ibeabuchi is not a fit and proper person to represent us.
“We therefore oppose his nomination and confirmation and hereby request for the appointment of a competent character to represent the State at the Federal Character Commission.”
Reacting, Rev. Uche Ibeabuchi described the allegation as baseless.
“My detractors are just being jealous and envious because God has elevated me through President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination for appointment in Federal Character Commission.
“This is home fight. I’m not a land grabber. I have never sold one or supported anyone in selling people’s land, and beating people including women. I’m a peace maker.”