According to The Nation, a new crisis is brewing in Ebonyi state’s Amasiri, Afikpo North local government area.
Obiageri Oko Enyim, the chairman, and her predecessor and elder brother, Ogbonnaya Oko Enyim, are at odds over the body of their father, who died last year.
Oko Enyim, has already resigned from the Governor David Umahi administration due to the crisis as he was accused of siding with her sister on the issue.
It was gathered that the two siblings have set separate dates for the burial of their father, Late Simon Oko Enyim, who died in February 2020 at the age of 85.
When their father died last year, Oko Enyim was running for re-election as chairman and had already won a ticket from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Her sister was a little-known quantity in political circles in the state at that time but in a twist of fate, the elections were postponed indefinitely by the state government following the outbreak of Covid-19.
By the time, the election was rescheduled in August, Ogbonnaya lost the seat to her half-sister, Obiageri.
It was gathered he was forced to step down and relinquish the ticket to the younger sister, who went on to win the election.
To compensate Ogbonnaya, Governor Umahi appointed him a Special Assistant on school monitoring for Afikpo North local government.
But last week, he resigned the appointment in a letter he wrote to the Governor.
He said Umahi’s current disposition towards him has made him realize he has no place any longer in his government.
The resignation letter reads:
“Your Excellency, your preference to my younger sister to me for reasons best known to you have compelled me to take this decision in order to avoid rancor and acrimony.
“Your Excellency, against every known tradition and good conscience, your decision to interfere and deny me my right as the first son to organise a befitting burial for my father in line with my already concluded arrangements, after spending fortunes is not acceptable to me.
“I hereby resign my appointment as SA under your administration with immediate effect. Kindly accept the assurances of my warmest regards. Thanks for everything”.
But Umahi in a statement by his media aide, Francis Nwaze, denied the allegation of interference in the burial of the late Oko Enyim.
“Although, after both Ogbonnia Oko Enyim and his sister Barrister Oby Oko Enyim had fixed separate dates for the burial of their father, reliable information had it that the elders after due consultations and considerations decided not to go with any of their dates. How then would Ogbonnia Oko Enyim turn around and begin to cry wolf?”
“Also, when Ogbonnaya Oko Enyim, had on 30th March 2021, reported his sister to the Governor over the controversy on the date, the Governor in his wisdom decided not to interfere in family issue but asked him to go and make peace in his home and as well align with the decision of their village elders.