This article highlights the Constituencies, Council Wards and Polling Units in Igede land.
Oju I State Constituency
Ukpa-Ainu-Ette, Owo, Oboru/Oye, Iyeche, Oju and Ibilia
Council Wards – 6
Polling Units – 70
Oju II State Constituency
Okwudu, Okpokpo, Idelle, Ainu and Adokpa
Council Wards – 5
Polling Units – 78
Obi State Constituency
Adiko, Adum-West, Ikwokwu, Irabi, Itogo, Obarike, Obeko, Odiapa, Ogore, Okpokwu, Okwutungbe and Orihi
Council Wards – 12
Polling Units – 70
Also Read: When Was Oju and Obi Local Government Councils Created?
Oju local government area has eleven council wards as shown in table 1 which comprises of Adokpa, Ainu, Ibilla, Idelle, Iyeche, Oju, Okpokpo, Okwudu, Owo, Oye/Oboru and Ukpa/Ainu-Ette. Obi local government area has twelve council wards encompassing Adiko, Adum-West, Itogo, Irabi, Ikwokwu, Obarike, Obeko, Odiapa, Ogore, Okpokwu, Okwutungbe and Orihi. Igabwu and Itakpa are in Yala local government area of Cross River State.
Oju/Obi State Constituency and Council Wards. Apart from Oju, Obi, Igabwu and Itakpa, Igede people are also found in Gwer and Konshisha local government areas of Benue State (as given in our last article; When Was Oju and Obi Local Government Council Created?). Akpachayi, Ugboba, Ukendinyi, Ajinmole and Ogbirambe of Oju clan as well as Ugboba and Ugbogu of Ainu clan are in Gwer local government area. Ononwu of Ibilla clan and Ochoro of Ainu are also in Konshisha local government area (Ominyi, 2005).
Also Read: All You Need to Know about the Igede People
Oju has a population of 168, 491 and Obi has 98, 707 according to 2006 census (National Population Commission of Nigeria). It should be stressed that the population figure is in the law court as a protest against undercount. The case which was handled by Barr. Adenyuma was ruled in favour of the Igede people. The aforementioned figures do not include the population of Igede people in other parts of Benue and Cross River States. Ethnic groups such as the Izzis and Ezzas of the northeastern (Abakaliki) Ibo origin are also found in Igede territory.
Source: Igede Traditional Custom and Paradox of Modernism by Comr Egbodo Benson Akpegi