The leadership of Anambra State community unions has accused its president Dr. J. A. P. Okolo of high-handedness and ineptitude.
The group accused Okolo of running the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) like a fief.
Some of the presidents-general of the town unions accused him of not carrying them along and taking decisions unilaterally.
Furthermore, they alleged that he has not achieved any tangible thing since he took over from former president, Dr. Innocent Onwubuya.
Some of them said, “We are not comfortable with our president. Nobody knows what he does and he does not want anybody to make any input in anything. He sees himself as all knowing”
But The Nation reports that Okolo while denying the allegations on phone, described his accusers as cowards.
He said, “I don’t have any answer to such a frivolous allegation. If anybody is aggrieved, the person should contact me for discussion, instead of going into hiding to talk about unfounded allegations.”
“I’m a busy person to start relying on rumours; all I can say now is that I will not discuss such a thing”
However, some of the president-generals who spoke with The Nation, said ASATU had not been able to achieve anything since the tenure of Okolo because of his high-handedness.
“Everything achieved today by ASATU was done during the tenure of Onwubuya. What we are running now as ASATU is a dictatorship administration under Okolo”
The Nation gathered that during the administration of former Governor Peter Obi, the association was vibrant, but since Governor Willie Obiano took over, the place became dead.
Obi, it was gathered, was giving each community in Anambra state two million naira for security and other developmental projects each year, which had been reduced to one million, five hundred thousand naira by the present administration.
The tenure of Okolo, The Nation learnt, would expire in 2016 and he was not likely to return as president general of Akwu-Ukwu in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state. (The Nation)