Tension as Governor allegedly dethroned Monarch

Tension as Governor allegedly dethroned Monarch

There was confusion at the Obibi Uratta Community in Owerri North Council Area of Imo State recently after reports emerged that the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Amaobi Uwaleke, has been dethroned by the state governor, Hope Uzodimma.

It was gathered that Uwaleke, enthroned by former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, was replaced last Friday when the state governor presented staff of office to 51 newly recognised traditional rulers in the state to fill the vacuum created by the demise of some traditional rulers in the state.

But indigenes of the community have expressed shock over the alleged sacking of their monarch by the state government.

They said they would stick tenaciously with the ezeship stool of the deposed monarch, vowing never to have any business to do with the purported new monarch, Boniface Ariri.

They said that they would defend the sacredness of the stool with the last of their blood.

While reacting to the development, Eze Uwaleke dismissed his dethronement as mere rumour, baseless, null, and void and of no effect.

“The news of my dethronement is a mere rumour because I have not received any letter or a telephone call from the state government informing me that I am no longer the Eze of my people”

Uwaleke argued that it is an established Igbo tradition and custom that the people should be allowed to choose who becomes their traditional ruler and present same to the government for recognition as against the government’s intervention.

According to him, the community which was created in 1978 and since remained in peace, unity and tranquility was later riddled with unnecessary hullabaloo by some reactionary forces who brought pressure to bear on the Owerri North Local Government to conduct a plebiscite but who surprisingly failed to face the exercise.

“I still maintain, I do not think that it was Governor Hope Uzodimma who did this and so it is rumour because for now, nobody has asked me to return or drop my staff of office, no statement or press release on this.

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