Chairman of Action Alliance (AA), Imo State, Comrade Ifeanyi Okponwa Eze has condemned the law stripping monarchs of the right to elect their leaders.
In a statement, Okponwa Eze said the law portrays the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma as one who has interest in meddling in the affairs of the traditional rulers.
The State House of Assembly recently amended the Imo State Traditional Rulers, Autonomous Communities and Allied Matters Law No. 15 of 2016.
The amended law took away from the monarchs the right to elect their leaders and now empowers the governor to appoint the leaders.
The AA boss frowned at what he described as the state government’s delight in politicising the traditional institution.
He insisted that the royal fathers should be allowed to elect their leaders.
Okponwa Eze submitted that the law is power-motivated and anti-people.
The statement reads: “Why set aside Community Government Council (CGC) conceptualized by Senator Rochas Okorocha when his body language favours the replication of same? I’m very sure that the monarchs are not card carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as such deserve no appointment from his government.
“Election, irrespective of its credibility, is preferred in the instant scenario, than translating the natural rulers to a political wing of the APC.
“The forceful involvement of monarchs in partisan politics and the scrapping of democratically elected Town Union executives as obtained in previous administrations in the state, did affect the hinterlands adversely in terms of development.
“Traditional Rulers should not be docile over this development. They are natural rulers of the people; they must stop being toys in the hands of politicians. They must rise to the occasion and speak with one voice and reject such an obnoxious law. Everything about the law is power motivated and anti people, and we in AA reject it in its entirety.”