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Following obvious nod to  eligible and qualified royal blooded aspirants to declare their interest for the Igweship throne of Uli Ancient Kingdom, a formidable front runner in the race, Ichie Nnanyelugo Emmanuel Clement Ositadinma Igbonwelundu , last  Sunday assured his supporters that his desire to ascend the throne of his forefathers was borne out of service and the unconditional love he has for Uli people.

Ichie Igbonwelundu ,who emphasized on the need  to ensure  due process throughout the campaigns, gave the assurance to Uli people at a meeting with some members of his support group in Lagos .

According to a statement signed and dispatched to News hunters by the

Head, Media and Information,

Ichie Nnanyelugo Ossy Igbonwelundu for Igwe Uli Ancient kingdom, Mrs Precious King (Nee Igbonwelundu), the top Contender also used the opportunity to once again, “dismiss as unfounded, rumours, allegations that he borrowed money from the defunct Uli Microfinance Bank (UMB) using his country home as collateral but did not repay the loan nor relinquish the house to the bank”.

Ichie Igbonwelundu, who was the foundation chairman, Board of Directors of Uli Community Bank (UCB) and midwived its successful transition to an UMB, categorically stated that at no time in his 17 years as the chairman of the bank, did he collect a loan nor request the bank to give same to any member of his family and friends.He emphasized that as chairman, he was not responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the bank, adding that the only time under his watch that the board discovered that the management had given out loan without following laid down policy, the then manager was immediately sacked.

As an accomplished banker himself, Ichie Igbonwelundu, stated clearly that he stepped down as Chairman in 2008 after the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of that year, adding that the accounts of the bank, all the minutes of the meetings of the board of Directors of the bank, Annual Returns and other key decisions taken under his watch were well documented, audited by an external firm and ratified by the board.

 He stressed that his copies of these documents were still intact and could be availed anyone who desires to scrutinize them.

He further stated that the bank posted a profit after tax of over N11million six years after he had stepped down as its Chairman, which showed that the bank was doing well financially during and after his tenure.

Educating the gathering of the risks associated with banking, he maintained that certain decisions by some key external actors and regulatory bodies impacted on the bank’s financial health, by sending the wrong signals to its depositors and creditors leading to panic withdrawals.

On the allegation that he was one of those who denied Uli the opportunity of being part of Mbaisato Local Government Area, Ichie Nnanyelugo vehemently denied the allegation, describing it as a figment of the imagination of the originators of such rumours.

He reminded the gathering that local government creation was a constitutional matter and an exclusive preserve of the federal government, narrating how he and some other persons (some of them are alive and can attest to this fact) made concerted efforts to get the government’s greenlight for the creation of the local government area but same was granted to Ekwusigo, Ozubulu.

Narrating the various roles he had played towards the progress of the town, he recalled that his active participation began in 1986 and he has not stopped doing everything within his power to support the development, unity and peace of Uli.

Giving background on the processes of electing an Igwe, Ichie Nnanyelugo told the gathering that the town’s constitution explicitly provides a four- tier democratic approach.

He said that the constitution clearly states that the eldest man in the four villages that make up Uli: Umuaku, Umuoma, Eziama and Ihite; the Oluohas, the Council of Chiefs in consultation.with the Uli Progressive Union, UPU (General Assembly) will have to vote for the candidates of their choice.

Ichie Nnanyelugo assured his supporters that they were supporting the best man for the job, giving his track records, integrity, selflessness and commitment to truth, fairness and justice.

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