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Mr. Val Ozigbo, a prominent member of the Labour Party (LP), declined a chieftaincy honor bestowed upon him by the residents of Anaocha Local Government Area in Anambra State, citing concerns over the alleged politicisation of the matter.
Ozigbo, who represented the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2021 Anambra governorship race, was slated to receive the ‘Enyi Oma Anaocha’ (Good friend of Anaocha) title from the area’s traditional leaders this weekend.
In a communication to the traditional rulers on Thursday, Ozigbo conveyed his profound gratitude for being considered for the title while regretfully declining it due to certain circumstances.
‘I was deeply honoured to have been chosen for the title of “Enyi Oma Anaocha.” However, it has come to my attention that certain interests, perhaps feeling uneasy about our collective progress, are attempting to politicise this traditionally significant award. This not only threatens the sanctity of our traditions but could also spark unnecessary divisions within our beloved communitities,’ he said.
‘After thoughtful consultation with Anaocha’s esteemed leaders, I’ve made the difficult decision not to partake in this weekend’s ceremony. This decision was not made lightly. It reflects my commitment to ensuring that our traditions remain untainted and our communities remain harmonious.’
‘I deeply appreciate the genuine intentions of the Anaocha Traditional Council and the entire community. I want to extend my apologies, especially to you, my close friends, and to all who had planned to attend the event in support and celebration.’
‘Our journey is filled with highs and lows, but unity, love, and mutual respect keep us moving forward. The values that bind us are stronger than the challenges that face us. I remain steadfast in my commitment to serving our community and pushing for the betterment of Anambra State.’
‘I hope to see you soon, under happier circumstances, as we continue to work towards our shared goals. Your understanding, support, and prayers mean the world to me.’