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AASDU is the only recognized umbrella body of Anambra indigenes in Lagos - Ebeledike

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By Anthony Isibor

 

AMECHI Ebeledike, president, Association of Anambra State Union, AASDU, Lagos, says that the association is the only authorized, registered and recognized umbrella body of all Anambra indigenes resident in Lagos.

Ebeledike told a news conference in Lagos that some of the objectives of the union include initiating, organizing and executing programmes, activities and projects that enhance and promote amiable brotherhood, harmony, unity, understanding and cooperation among the members and promote social, cultural and economic wellbeing and image of Anambra State in particular and Nigeria in general.

He urged the public to be wary of any other body that looks like “a union of Anambra in Lagos”.

 “We are aware of some other emerging organizations parading themselves as representing the interests of indigenous Anambra people in Lagos. This is an abuse of freedom of association by people with pecuniary interests.

“AASDU Lagos is the only body registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission to represent, protect and project the interest and wellbeing of Anambra people here in Lagos. Membership of AASDU belongs to the affiliated towns and professional unions, who send in accredited representatives to sit in council meetings.

The chairman insisted that since the establishment of the union in March 1988, AASDU Lagos has been the democratically elected umbrella body that coordinates, protects and projects the interest and welfare of all organised towns, social, trade and professional unions of Anambra State extraction based in Lagos State of Nigeria.

 “We are home to the greatest number of Anambra professionals in the Diasporas, who exert significant influence as opinion leaders of their respective home communities. We have our tentacles down to the grassroots of the over 177 towns that make up Anambra State,” he said.

He also said that the call became necessary due to the strategic importance of the union in the decision as to who becomes the governor of Anambra State.

 “Every occasion for governorship election in Anambra State is often important to us for two reasons; One, it gives us the opportunity to choose just one person in whose hands we place our collective destiny. Two and more importantly, it gives us the authority to choose someone we can be proud of as the grand patron of our revered association.

“We have a strategic duty to mobilize against any unbecoming electioneering behavior in the forthcoming November governorship election. We are as well determined to mobilize our people towards the right course of electoral actions. No doubt this is a great Forum for the candidates, through which they can reach the grassroots because of the capacity to swing significant voting patterns, judging from previous elections.

Currently, AASDU has active membership strength of over 177 of such towns and associated unions. It has a Board of Trustees chaired by Arthur Mbanefo, Odu of Onitsha, our pioneer President. Any incumbent Governor of Anambra State becomes the Grand Patron.

He also noted that the Lagos Liaison Officer represents the Governor in all Council Meetings of the Association.

 “We also have forum for engagements with our host government here in Lagos, the Centre of Excellence, on matters affecting us as law-abiding residents. There has been a great deal of progressive partnership with the host government to ensure peaceful coexistence with fellow residents.

He called for continuous cooperation and support of every Anambra indigene and urged them to join their respective town unions so as to be covered under the AASDU umbrella.

“We urge our people to be patriotic and law-abiding at all times within the jurisdiction of our host State.

 “Finally, we urge our people to think home at all times in line with our Aku Luo Uno philosophy,” he added.

- Sept. 11, 2021 @ 12:32 GMT |

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