-Calls for their dethronement over partisan politics
There are signs that the job of six traditional rulers in Okigwe Zone is now under threat if the call by an All Progressives Congress (APC) group is anything to go by.
In a Press release signed by 6 members of the Leaders of Conscience APC Okigwe Zone representing each of the local government areas in the zone and made available to the media, the group protests in strong terms the endorsement of the natural rulers for a particular candidate.
The group expressed disappointment that the revered Ndi Okigwe Eze allowed themselves to be dragged into the murky waters of politics in complete disobedience and disrespect to the warning by Governor Uzodinma that they should steer clear of politics.
They accused the traditional rulers of selling themselves cheap either because of their vaulting ambition or greed of what they can extract from the politicians. They therefore called for sanctions against the natural rulers.
In their words, ”we of Okigwe Leaders of Conscience in APC are therefore calling on other rulers in Okigwe Zone to immediately move a vote of no confidence on these errant size traditional rulers who arrogantly believe that disobeying the advice and directive of his Excellency. The governor should sack and replace them immediately.”
Continuing, they said that, ”we condemn in the strongest terms this over exuberant and charlatan mallenchalous behaviour of these traditional rulers who rather than guide, protect and promote our culture and tradition have become a source of embarrassment to the people of Okigwe Zone.”
Those who signed the statement for the 6 Local Government Areas include, Rev John Udu for Okigwe, Chief Anselem Okeke for Onuimo, Comrade Abel Anosike Isiala Mbano, Chief Jonathan Alaraibe for Ehime Mbano, Prince George Ebilekwe, for Ihitte Uboma and Dr. Dabia Nnamdi for Obowo.
The contest for the bye-election into the Okigwe Zone Senate seat with each passing day has been gathering heat and attracting all sorts of controversies. It is not yet clear where the pendulum will tilt with all the juggernauts rolling their sleeves to do battle for the seat made open by the death of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu.
Political observers opine that whichever candidate gets the nod of the governor will likely sail through and so far all speculations in this direction have been rebuffed by the governor.